The article gives some commentary on race relations in the US after the arrest of an African American academic Henry Louis Gates in his home by a White police officer. What resulted from this incident were claims of racial profiling and subsequent comments by the President, which caused a political whirlwind.
Points of interest
- Racial divide did not magically end because of Obama’s election
- ” racial politics” in America are far from over.
- African-American & Latino experience, racial profiling by police
- Minority status makes people automatically potential suspects.
America has come a long way from its ugly past as far as race relations, but we still have a long way to go.
In the past 40 – 50 years there have been significant advance in civil rights however the old hate has not disappeared, discrimination has just become more sophisticated. This is but one example of Institutional racism, whereby is
“the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin”.
In this case, the police acted on a report that two black men were trying to break into a house, in fact they where however one was the owner of the home Mr Gates.
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