|July 21st, 2009||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Negro Harvard Professor Arrested in His Own Home.
Now we're talking. About time kwoppers got proactive with negros. If you don't laugh reading this you have no sense of humor.
Harvard professor Gates arrested at Cambridge home
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation's pre-eminent African-American scholars, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home by Cambridge police investigating a possible break-in. The incident raised concerns among some Harvard faculty that Gates was a victim of racial profiling.
Police arrived at Gates’s Ware Street home near Harvard Square at 12:44 p.m. to question him. Gates, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, had trouble unlocking his door after it became jammed.
He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to a police report. Gates accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had "no idea who he was messing with,'' the report said.
Gates told the officer that he was being targeted because "I'm a black man in America.'' [To read a copy of the police report, click here]
Friends of Gates said he was already in his home when police arrived. He showed his driver’s license and Harvard identification card, but was handcuffed and taken into police custody for several hours last Thursday, they said.
The police report said Gates was arrested after he yelled at the investigating officer repeatedly inside the residence then followed the officer outside, where Gates continued to upbraid him. "It was at that time that I informed Professor Gates that he was under arrest,'' the officer wrote in the report.
Gates, 58, declined to comment today when reached by phone.
The arrest of such a prominent scholar under what some described as dubious circumstances shook some members of the black Harvard community.
“He and I both raised the question of if he had been a white professor, whether this kind of thing would have happened to him, that they arrested him without any corroborating evidence,” said S. Allen Counter, a Harvard Medical School professor who spoke with Gates about the incident Friday. “I am deeply concerned about the way he was treated, and called him to express my deepest sadness and sympathy.”
Counter, who had called Gates from the Nobel Institute in Sweden, where Counter is on sabbatical, said that Gates was “shaken” and “horrified” by his arrest.
Counter has faced a similar situation himself. The well-known neuroscience professor, who is also black, was stopped by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect as he crossed Harvard Yard. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification.
That incident was among several that ignited criticism from black students and faculty, highlighting the prejudices that many black students say they continue to face at Harvard.
“This is very disturbing that this could happen to anyone, and not just to a person of such distinction,” Counter said. “He was just shocked that this had happened, at 12:44 in the afternoon, in broad daylight. It brings up the question of whether black males are being targeted by Cambridge police for harassment.”
Cambridge police would not comment on the arrest, citing an investigation into the incident by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. A spokesman for Leone said Gates is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 26 and said the office could not provide details on the arrest until that time.
Gates is being represented by Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, who has taken on previous cases with racial implications.
|July 21st, 2009||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2007
HNICíS GET NO RESPECT
Henry Louis Gates, Jr Stirs Controversy on East Coast
by Tony Martin Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
"Head Negro in Charge: Henry Louis Gates, Jr."--so runs the headline of a feature article in April's (1998) Boston Magazine. The story is featured along with articles on "Incredible Shrinking Women" and "Grape [sic] Expectations", among others. It is safe to assume, however, that most of this month's Boston Magazine readers have ignored the incredible shrinking women in favor of the Head Negro in Charge. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates has for years been methodically promoted by white and Jewish America as the officially approved representative of the Negro constituency, but never so openly and controversially as in this Boston Magazine article.
The article is a typical Skip Gates promotional piece, but with two major differences--it is brutally frank about white America's role in conjuring this "leader" out of its hat and it demonstrates, wittingly or otherwise, the contempt which white America reserves even for Black folk who do its bidding. The Head Negro (really "Nigger") in Charge designation is one of the most eloquent of African America's multitudinous expressions of hatred for traitors to the race. It is said to have its origins in slavery among the field slaves who viewed with contempt and disgust the antics of the sellouts that ole massa handpicked to lead them. Black English is full of expressions for these contemptible creatures; Uncle Tom, hat-in-hand Negro, bootlickin' Negro, yes massa Negro, good Negro, responsible Negro, howdy boss Negro, shufflin' Negro, shuckin' and jivin' Negro, Aunty Jemima. Marcus Garvey said that this was the type of Negro who would lick the white man's spittle off his mouth if the white man asked him so to do. Malcolm X said that when ole massa was sick this type of Negro would say, "Massa, WE sick?"
By officially bestowing the "HNIC" title on the hapless Gates, the magazine has ignited a swirling controversy in the Boston area. In the process it has split the Tom community down the middle, with some saying that the magazine was right and others calling for a retraction and apology. The Rev. Eugene Rivers, a blustering publicity-seeking Boston preacher and so-called critic of Gates (according to the Boston Magazine article), has come out in defense of the magazine. The Rev. Charles Stith, a bow tie wearing preacher and ambassador designate to Tanzania, has emerged as a major supporter of Gates. Like Rivers, Stith heads an organization with a long name and less substance.
The press has carried photographs of both men squaring off in an unseemly shouting match for and against Gates. Gates himself, meanwhile, has maintained a strategically low profile, letting his surrogates do battle on his behalf. Among these is Professor Alvin Poussaint of Harvard University, a respected Black psychiatrist who ought to know better. Joining Poussaint was a Negro lady who recently edited an anti-Minister Farrakhan book for the Harvard Negro crowd. If anyone else was called an HNIC by the other folk I'd be upset, but I am not going to lose any sleep over what they call Skip Gates. They can call him anything but a son of God, as far as I am concerned.
First of all, he more or less calls himself an HNIC in the very same interview. He uses the "n" word ("nigger," in case you do not know what I am talking about) at least five times in the article. Some of these references are to himself. This is in addition to a couple "bullshits," one "shit" and one "big-dick motherfuckers." The poor lady interviewing him probably had to wash out her ears when she left his newly renovated twenty-five million dollar office. What do you do with a kneegrow who calls himself a nigger in an interview with a white magazine? Are you supposed to defend him when the other folks call him inside the name he gives himself? And then there is his wife (a white lady according to the interview). She resorts to the "f" word (yes, the one with four letters in it), in the same article, in a reference to "this f...ing little suburb" in which the Gates' were happily ensconced until some old lady called their daughter--yes, you guessed it--a nigger.
Boston Magazine probes Gates' career with relentless diligence. In high school he was snubbed by little white Linda Hoffman who he "desperately" wanted to make his girlfriend. With his "first real girlfriend" he became one of the first Negroes to come out of the closet into an interracial relationship in his neck of the West Virginia woods. He celebrated receipt of the MacArthur "genius" grant by buying a set of Amos and Andy videos. He takes colleague Anthony Appiah and his "English looking" steady boyfriend along from job to job (they have been together as students or professors at Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard Universities). At Harvard he was befriended by Professor Peter Gomes, "a black, openly gay conservative Republican and Anglophile" theologian.
Brer Gates is the most pristine example we have in the world today of a classic HNIC. He was invented by the other folk, as the article makes plain. "The New Yorker," says Boston Magazine, "effectively anointed Gates... premier black intellectual in the United States" as well as "chief interpreter of the black experience for white America." The man, they say, is "an unapologetic elitist" who fancies himself the heir to W.E.B.DuBois' legacy as chief honcho of the "talented tenth."
Whenever the other folks have wanted anybody to beat the rest of the race over the head with, Brer Gates has been on the scene, like an HNIC machine. They gave him an unprecedented full page op-ed in the New York Times to attack the Nation of Islam's Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. This op-ed was actually typeset in the shape of a Star of David. There is no evidence that Gates even read the book, but he pulled together some platitudes attacking it anyway. When Black folk in Toronto were arrested protesting the revival of the racist Broadway musical Showboat, they flew Gates up to take the Jewish line against the Black protesters. (In the original Broadway production Paul Robeson, who the press is crying crocodile tears over these days, sang "Niggers All Work on the Mississippi" in the show's hit song, "Ole Man River.")
In a Boston Globe interview, Boston Magazine's editor says he knows very well what HNIC means. The moral of this story is that selling out does not guarantee respect from those who purchase your dignity, however many Mercedes they let you drive, and however many $890,000.00 houses they let you live in. After they buy your self-respect they themselves will turn around and call you names. Wannabe HNIC's (I know there are lots of you all out there), don't say I didn't warn you. Don't come running back to the Black community when they hurt your feelings.