The Henry Louis Gates incident is what I was talking about.
As I wrote about here my redneck kid brother is a total ass to the police every time they meet and that rudeness has translated into tickets and never into arrests. (Or asskickings, for that matter)
Am I assuming that Henry Louis Gates was, to some degree or another, an ass to the police?
I am, if only because most people would be in that situation. I will admit that some things Gates is alleged to have said (e.g. "Is this what it means to be a black man in America?") are a lot more believable than other things he is alleged to have said (e.g. I just don't see a Harvard professor going on about somebody's Momma.)
Again, I think in an ideal world, no one should be a dick to the police and the police should be reasonable in return. However, if there are going to be arrests and asskickings over rude behavior, white punks should get them too.
Ps. Oh and in the rare category of "racism stories with happy endings," remember that summer camp of primarily African-American kids who were turned away from the pool they had contracted to use? Tyler Perry is sending them all to Disney World.
PPs. My husband and his buddies from Charlotte, North Carolina always refer to the "crimes" that get African Americans pulled over for no reason as "driving while black." Boing boing is calling Gates' offense "Entering own home while black."