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Shirley Sherrod an innocent bystander on never-ending race highwayupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 12:10:00

There is no issue that is more volatile, passionate, confusing, perplexing and complex than the reality of race in America.

Report: Harvard prof, police sergeant share blameupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:18:00

A white police sergeant and a black Harvard University professor both made mistakes in a confrontation last year that led to an arrest and a national debate on racial profiling, a report said.

Joyner gets justice for electrocuted kinupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 11:17:00

Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner raised his hand in victory.

Obama, race and my arrestupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 07:42:00

President Obama expressed what many Americans feel regarding the recent arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates -- that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police responded "stupidly."

Tom Joyner gets justice for electrocuted kin, 94 years laterupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 14:28:00

Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner raised his hand in victory.

Joyner's ancestors pardonedupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 14:28:00

Tom Joyner expresses his joy about his great uncles being pardoned nearly 100 years after they were wrongly executed.

Commentary: How GOP can manage Tea Partyupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 12:08:00

It is altogether ironic that the one person to have a Sam Adams beer at the infamous beer summit, hosted by the president, was Skip Gates, the Harvard professor whose arrest led to the summit.

Commentary: Are conservatives consistent?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 06:36:00

As an independent moderate, it never ceases to amaze me how political loyalists contradict themselves and flip-flop on social issues. Both parties regularly engage in this practice; but rarely are they challenged or called out for it.

Boston cop who sent 'jungle monkey' e-mail suesupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 02:10:00

A Boston police officer is suing the city after he was suspended for referring to a black Harvard professor as a "banana-eating jungle monkey" in an e-mail.

Poll: Did Obama's reaction to Gates arrest hurt him?updated: Tue Aug 04 2009 17:09:00

A new national poll indicates that white and black Americans don't see eye to eye on last month's arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates.

Gates jokes: I offered to help officer's kids get into Harvardupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 14:18:00

In his first public appearance since the "Beer Summit" at the White House, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates joked about his controversial arrest last month in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and said he likes police Sgt. James Crowley.

Say it with roses: Harvard prof sends gift to 911 callerupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 08:50:00

The woman who made the 911 call that led to Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates' controversial arrest wasn't present at the so-called beer summit.

After beers, professor, officer plan to meet againupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 16:03:00

The officer who arrested a top African-American professor said talks over beers Thursday evening at the White House were productive and the two men plan to meet again.

Latinos say they also face racial profiling by policeupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 11:25:00

Many Latinos say they know how Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates felt during a recent arrest because they believe police often racially profile Hispanics, too.

Comment: White House beers can't disguise race issuesupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 11:10:00

It may have been the most famous "happy hour" in modern American history.

Commentary: A toast to beer diplomacyupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 09:13:00

For the last two weeks, Americans have been divided into two feuding camps: "Team Gates" and "Team Crowley." But after Thursday, those terms seem antiquated.

Officer who sent 'jungle-monkey' e-mail: 'I am not a racist'updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 23:13:00

The Boston police officer who sent a mass e-mail in which he compared Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to a "banana-eating jungle monkey" has apologized, saying he's not a racist.

E-mail 'racist and inflammatory'updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 23:13:00

Boston's police commissioner says the officer who wrote a "racist and inflammatory" e-mail was immediately put on leave.

Gates' 911 caller speaks outupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 17:35:00

The woman who alerted police to a possible break-in at Henry Louis Gates' home says she hopes for support.

Will White House beer help nation chill on race?updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 17:35:00

Lucia Whalen strolled down a sidewalk near Harvard University, enjoying a lunchtime ritual she'd repeated many times in her 15 years working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But on this day, July 16, her outing would become something else altogether -- the first steps in a national drama.

Commentary: What's the 'teachable moment'?updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 09:40:00

The controversy involving the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a white police officer has brought race relations in America to the front burner.

'Jungle monkey' e-mail jeopardizes Boston officer's jobupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 01:02:00

A Boston, Massachusetts, police officer who sent a mass e-mail in which he referred to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "banana-eating" and a "bumbling jungle monkey" has been placed on administrative leave and faces losing his job.

Caller in Gates case says she'd do it againupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 21:06:00

In her first public appearance, the woman who made the 911 call that led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Wednesday she would make the call again if placed in the same situation.

Commentary: Why race still mattersupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 12:22:00

No one was surprised when the subject of race dominated the public conversation during Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings. What was surprising was how unwilling both sides of the aisle were to talk about race openly.

Powell: Both Gates, police could have handled things betterupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 11:20:00

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he has been the victim of racial profiling but believes Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. could have been more patient with the police officer who arrested him.

GOP afraid of Limbaugh?updated: Wed Jul 29 2009 11:20:00

Colin Powell suggest GOP leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh and don't speak out against the radio host.

After Gates arrestupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 12:03:00

CNN's Elaine Quijano reports that after the Gates confrontation, police are asking for some understanding.

Obama to meet Thursday with professor, officerupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 12:03:00

A senior administration official said Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department will be visiting the White House Thursday.

911 caller in Gates arrest never referred to 'black suspects'updated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:23:00

The woman who made the 911 call that led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. never referred to black suspects when she called authorities for what she thought was a potential break-in.

The entire Gates 911 callupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:23:00

Listen to the entire 911 call that claimed that Professor Gates was breaking into his home.

Obama: I didn't mean to slight Cambridge policeupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 09:48:00

President Obama said Friday he spoke with the police officer who arrested a Harvard professor and told the officer he did not mean to malign the Cambridge Police Department when he said police acted stupidly.

Obama calls Cambridge officerupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 09:48:00

President Obama says he called the police officer who arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr..

Commentary: Obama, race and my arrestupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 14:34:00

President Obama expressed what many Americans feel regarding the recent arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates -- that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police responded "stupidly."

Cambridge top cop stands by department after Harvard arrestupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 12:01:00

The commissioner of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police department said Thursday he "deeply regrets" the arrest of prominent black Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., but stands by the procedures followed by his department.

Mayor reacts to Gates' arrestupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 12:01:00

Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons talks with American Morning about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates.

Commentary: Obama's rush to judgment on policeupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 12:00:00

We teach our children to think about what others feel before they act, but as grown-ups we frequently assume we understand what others do without ever having walked in their shoes.

Cambridge mayor: Gates' arrest shouldn't have happenedupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 11:13:00

The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, said she is going to meet with the city's police chief to make sure the scenario that caused the arrest of a prominent black Harvard University professor does not happen again.

Obama: 'Police acted stupidly'updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 15:39:00

President Obama says that police 'acted stupidly' after they arrested, and later released a black Harvard professor.

Obama: Police who arrested professor 'acted stupidly'updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 15:39:00

President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home.

Commentary: Professor arrested for 'housing while black'updated: Wed Jul 22 2009 16:08:00

Last Thursday, President Obama, in his fiery speech before the NAACP Convention, admitted that "an African-American child is roughly five times as likely as a white child to see the inside of a prison."

Arrest of a Harvard scholarupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 14:07:00

Joe Johns reports on controversy over the arrest of a Harvard professor. Was it a case of racial profiling?

The 'unfathomable' arrest of a black scholarupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 14:07:00

Boris Kodjoe owns a mansion in Atlanta. But when he goes to answer his door, the black actor knows what it's like to be an outcast.

Charge against Harvard professor droppedupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 20:19:00

A prosecutor is dropping a charge against prominent Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the city's police department recommended that the matter not be pursued.

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