Charles Ogletree on Race, Class, and Crime in America

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Charles Ogletree, one of the country’s foremost experts on civil rights, discusses the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, for attempting to break into his own home last July, and explores issues of race, class, and crime. His book The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America is based on his years of research and his own experiences with law enforcement, and it outlines steps we should take to reach racial and legal equality for all Americans.


Charles Ogletree

Comments [10]

a g from n j

i don't understand most of the responses. why do you try to defend "whitness" folks. it's an artficial construct,with very real tragic history. don't you get it? no you don't............
you would not defend it so vigorously,if it did not serve a purpose to dampen your much deserved guilt. just be,not white,not black,just be ah,but that is too simple,and you'd have to learn to love your neighbor. i feel sad for you all. you're full of self hate. but you neurotically would rather hate yourself,than love another. it is that simple.

Jun. 30 2010 11:58 PM
The Truth from Becky

a ridiculous answer to a ridiculous question...but just like some people to try and distract the facts with non-sense (looking at Oona) Next he/she will say that we are all just being paranoid.

Jun. 30 2010 02:07 PM
The Truth from Becky

OONA - you could come to that conclusion for incarceration prior to 1950 and for 1950 and above you can "conclude" that about 50% of them are innocent.

Jun. 30 2010 02:06 PM
Oona from NY, NY

Is one then to conclude, the majority of blacks in prisons are innocent? Shall we revise the full of racism jury system, which clearly isn't working by implication if one follows this argument to it's logical conclusion and only use minority Judges to hear cases involving minority defendants?

Jun. 30 2010 02:01 PM
The Truth from Becky

I think the beer summit was unneccesary and ineffective but, I understood why he the President had to do it.

Jun. 30 2010 01:56 PM

What is the rate of donations towards black charities in the black community?

Jun. 30 2010 01:51 PM
The Truth from Becky

The police often trust white people to their own detriment. You will always see the Black and Brown seated in the back of the police car while the office checks out their story but they allow whites to roam around cursing protesting about their rights....if you watch cops you will see that sometimes this takes a bad turn for the officer.

Jun. 30 2010 01:50 PM
The Truth from Becky

Having a right to say something and getting away with saying something to an officer is a horse of a different color for Black and Brown folk. Now there are persons of a lighter hue, can damn near call the police officer's mother a truck driver and not go to jail.

Jun. 30 2010 01:47 PM

The bottom line is BE VERY CAREFUL when dealing with the police in similar situations. I'm a native NYker currently living in central Florida and have been warned by the neighbors about the cops here. And I'm white.

Jun. 30 2010 01:39 PM
a g from n j

to me it was amazing,though not at all surprising,that the police officer in the gates case,took it upon himself to say,"we can agree to disagree". even after meeting with the president and gates. could one imagine any prior president,accompanied by a non-person of color,have a little summit where a police officer took it upon himself to wrap up the situation in a dead end trite piece of dismissive pop/culture bubble gum phrase like, "we'll agree to disagree"? the blue wall of silence does not seem to care about the white house when a black man is residing there.

Jun. 30 2010 11:15 AM

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