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Jeffrey Wright Speaks

Actor Jeffrey Wright (one of my faves) has written a beautiful piece for CNN.com regarding the recent arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates and President Obama’s response to said incident. Wright, himself, was involved in a dust-up with local police while filming on location in Shreveport, Louisiana. He writes pretty candidly about his experience, without needlessly vilifying anyone, and really sheds some light on how law enforcement practices get entrenched in the game of politics across this country.

11 thoughts on “Jeffrey Wright Speaks”

  1. Victor says:

    Wow, that article is absolutely incredible- but did you read the comments?! Wright gets *burned*! Ouch ouch ouch…

    It saddens me that Obama jumped on the wrong incident to make a very valid point that needed to be made. Now everyone talks about this one idiotic incident rather than looking at the larger point he’s making. Ugh.

  2. Victor says:

    Wow, that article is absolutely incredible- but did you read the comments?! Wright gets *burned*! Ouch ouch ouch…

    It saddens me that Obama jumped on the wrong incident to make a very valid point that needed to be made. Now everyone talks about this one idiotic incident rather than looking at the larger point he’s making. Ugh.

  3. Ji-Un Kwon says:

    see… i thought that too, initially. But I would really wait and see what happens in the next few weeks. There’s dialogue happening, in a way that could really only happen by having the President kick start it.

    I’m actually glad he said it. It was not a politician’s answer. And I love that he’s sticking to it.

  4. Cnet says:

    “Numerous police officers, including African-Americans, have spoken up on Crowley’s behalf and portrayed him as a good and fair officer. Crowley, who is white, had once been chosen by a black police officer to teach a police academy course on ways to avoid racial profiling.” CNN.com

    The officers were simply responding to a burglary call. It’s their job to get his ID, search the house for HIS safety and leave. As soon as they asked for his ID, Gates lost his composure and went crazy. According to CNN, there are recordings from the police trying to radio in the call, with Gates saying “I’ll meet you and yo mamma outside.” He wasn’t arrested for “breaking into his own house.” He was arrested because he wouldn’t cooporate with police. He obviously realized that he would have to turn this into a race issue to keep his prestigious job as a professor…hence the media hellstorm. It’s nobody’s fault but his own that he got arrested. Cops were just doing their jobs.

    And Obama apparently still thinks (like most of the ill informed people reacting to this story) that Gates was arrested for breaking into his own house. Hence his own stupid comments about the cops.

  5. Cnet says:

    “Numerous police officers, including African-Americans, have spoken up on Crowley’s behalf and portrayed him as a good and fair officer. Crowley, who is white, had once been chosen by a black police officer to teach a police academy course on ways to avoid racial profiling.” CNN.com

    The officers were simply responding to a burglary call. It’s their job to get his ID, search the house for HIS safety and leave. As soon as they asked for his ID, Gates lost his composure and went crazy. According to CNN, there are recordings from the police trying to radio in the call, with Gates saying “I’ll meet you and yo mamma outside.” He wasn’t arrested for “breaking into his own house.” He was arrested because he wouldn’t cooporate with police. He obviously realized that he would have to turn this into a race issue to keep his prestigious job as a professor…hence the media hellstorm. It’s nobody’s fault but his own that he got arrested. Cops were just doing their jobs.

    And Obama apparently still thinks (like most of the ill informed people reacting to this story) that Gates was arrested for breaking into his own house. Hence his own stupid comments about the cops.

  6. Ria says:

    excellent article

  7. Ria says:

    excellent article

  8. Cnet says:

    Another important fact here…. That was NOT Gate’s house. It was Harvard University’s house and they changed the locks. So you can’t blame the woman who called in a potential burglary and you can’t blame the cops for simply attempting to check the house and Gate’s ID. Remember Gates is the one who was acting irrational, spewing racial remarks, and keeping the cops from doing their job. It’s his own fault he was arrested.

  9. Cnet says:

    Another important fact here…. That was NOT Gate’s house. It was Harvard University’s house and they changed the locks. So you can’t blame the woman who called in a potential burglary and you can’t blame the cops for simply attempting to check the house and Gate’s ID. Remember Gates is the one who was acting irrational, spewing racial remarks, and keeping the cops from doing their job. It’s his own fault he was arrested.

  10. Jamie says:

    I think anyone who’s ever had an honest conversation with a police officer will agree that yes, there’s racial profiling in this country. Cops, both black and white, use all sorts of non-PC shorthands to quickly assess situations based on their most common experiences.

    But while I am a staunch Obama supporter, this time I think he’s made a mistake. In general, Obama has been EXTREMELY smart about tackling the root causes, as opposed to the symptoms, of racial inequality.

    Now, we have the President passing a value judgement on a controversial situation he did not witness… his first non-level-headed response I can remember. And because he’s sticking to it, that’s all anyone is talking about, even though the first nine-hundred minutes of his nine-hundred-one minute talk were about the need for us to come together on health care.

    Timing, dude. Health care is your biggest issue, and it could help fix the growing economic divide in this country… put this aside, get the conversation back where it should be.

  11. Jamie says:

    I think anyone who’s ever had an honest conversation with a police officer will agree that yes, there’s racial profiling in this country. Cops, both black and white, use all sorts of non-PC shorthands to quickly assess situations based on their most common experiences.

    But while I am a staunch Obama supporter, this time I think he’s made a mistake. In general, Obama has been EXTREMELY smart about tackling the root causes, as opposed to the symptoms, of racial inequality.

    Now, we have the President passing a value judgement on a controversial situation he did not witness… his first non-level-headed response I can remember. And because he’s sticking to it, that’s all anyone is talking about, even though the first nine-hundred minutes of his nine-hundred-one minute talk were about the need for us to come together on health care.

    Timing, dude. Health care is your biggest issue, and it could help fix the growing economic divide in this country… put this aside, get the conversation back where it should be.

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