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Still it doesn’t take diversity training for the police to understand that some people — especially black folks — will get very angry when a cop enters their home and asks for proof they live there.

After seeing the identification, the officer should have just left.

Whatever Professor Gates said, the sad truth is that a cop hears worse things shouted at his squad car any random day in the inner city.

The real tragedy is this: Professor Gates and I, with our excellent lawyers and middle-class privilege, will be just fine.

That’s not true with many of our young brothers.

A black man born in the 1990's can expect, statistically, that he will be arrested at some point in his life.

For many, it’s the start of a downward cycle that includes unemployment and a broken family.

None of this is the fault of the police, but cops don’t encourage respect for the law when they treat even law-abiding citizens like criminals.

And it’s fine for President to go to the N.A.A.C.P.

and scold black parents about their kids playing too much Nintendo.

I agree.

But I also hope that the brother with the biggest soapbox in the world seizes this as a teachable moment for white folks.

Racism still matters.

It’s okay for the president to talk about that too.
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