Obama Weighs in on Gates and Racial Profiling

July 23, 2009

President Obama held a press conference Wednesday evening to promote his health care proposals, but he received a question about the recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard professor who was handcuffed at his own home after police investigated a report of someone (Gates himself) trying to break into his own home when the door was jammed. Obama joined many others who have criticized the arrest and related it to the trend of racial profiling. He said: "I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry. No. 2, the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And No. 3, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by police disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

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