February 10, 2010 |
When Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. started his latest genealogical project for PBS, which used historical archives and cutting-edge genetic research to trace the ancestry of a dozen famous Americans, he already had one hoped-for outcome in mind. "I wanted to pick someone who is Jewish and someone who is Muslim and pray we get the same result in their DNA," he said. Sure enough, genetic testing revealed that director Mike Nichols, of Eastern European Jewish heritage, and surgeon and television host Mehmet Oz, the son of Turkish Muslim immigrants, had a common paternal ancestor thousands of years ago. "That is like affirming the story of Abraham," Gates said delightedly.
August 2, 2009 |
Cartoonists copped an attitude and played our race cards after the high-profile arrest that led to the Great Barack Brew-Ha-Ha Summit. Mike Keefe brooded over countless past injustices, while Steve Kelley countered with a counterintuitive lunch-counter encounter. Nate Beeler focused on how the president's flat-footed footnote fell flat, unfavorably comparing the prez to his loose-lipped (if somewhat more seasoned) lieutenant. -- Joel Pett
August 2, 2009 |
President Obama's White House beer with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley was good for garnering headlines. But let's have no expectations about its worth or reach as a "teachable moment" when it comes to complicated social issues. Why? Because Gates appears to be a product of his institution and, like Harvard professors who preceded him, mired in the past and unwilling to move beyond his assumptions. I believe I can make the comparison.
July 31, 2009 |
A national furor over race relations paused Thursday as President Obama, in a shady spot on the White House lawn near the Rose Garden, sat down for beers with a black Harvard professor and the white police officer who arrested him two weeks ago. For the two men who raised their mugs with the president and vice president -- both guests dressed in suits and ties and sitting stiffly in what was meant to be a casual moment -- the discussion of race and policing will go on. Sgt.
July 30, 2009 |
To each his own. It could be the theme of that get-together over a cold beer that the president, the professor and the police officer have planned at the White House today to discuss the dust-up that was stirred up when President Obama accused the Cambridge, Mass., police of acting "stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his own home. The president is planning to crack a Bud Light at the meeting with Gates and Police Sgt. James Crowley.
July 29, 2009 |
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was mildly critical Tuesday of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose angry response to a Cambridge, Mass., police officer touched off a national debate involving President Obama. Powell, interviewed by CNN's Larry King, cited times when he was a victim of racial profiling -- including as national security advisor. Sometimes, he said, you just have to let it slide. The confrontation between Gates, a noted black scholar, and white police Sgt.