Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested Breaking Into His Own House

| Mon Jul. 20, 2009 3:11 PM EDT

Apparently Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted Harvard professor, was arrested trying to get into his own house:

Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is accusing a Massachusetts police department of racism after being arrested while trying to get into his locked home near Harvard University.

Police say they were called to the home Thursday afternoon after a woman reported seeing a man try to pry open the front door.

They say that they ordered the man to identify himself and that Gates refused. According to a police report, Gates then called the officer a racist and said, "This is what happens to black men in America."

Sources tell Mother Jones that Gates hung up pictures of his family everywhere. (Skip to around 3:40. The language is NSFW):

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