Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Colin Powell on Gates Incident and a Gates Reading List

Over at the African-American Books Examiner, I've posted Colin Powell's comments on the Gates incident. The former Secretary of State recently spoke to Larry King on CNN and as anyone could expect, Powell took a balanced view, saying both men overreacted.

Nevertheless, he thought Sgt. James Crowley should not have arrested Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"I think in this case the situation was made much more difficult on the part of the Cambridge Police Department," Powell said. "Once they felt they had to bring Dr. Gates out of the house and to handcuff him, I would've thought at that point, some adult supervision would have stepped in and said 'OK look, it is his house. Let's not take this any further, take the handcuffs off, good night Dr. Gates.' "
In addition to Powell's remarks, I shared a list of books by Gates and more on his background. Read the African-American Examiner post here.

Powell also discussed how the Republican Party kow-tows to Rush Limbaugh and thoughts on Sarah Palin. Furthermore, he shared that he has experienced racial profiling in his own life.

2 comments:

msladydeborah said...

I'm glad to see WSATA is up and working. I hope you had a good time at the conference.

I've heard Colin Powell tell a story about being in the south and being stopped by police. He was fortunate that the officer was a reasonable thinking individual.

This situation is the tipping point on the belief that "Post Racial America" is our reality. It is a contemporary reminder that there is still a lot of house cleaning that needs to be done in this nation.

msladydeborah said...

Okay...
I jumped over to BlogHer. I left a comment. It might not be to some people's liking. But, it is honestly what I think.