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Henry Louis Gates staged this whole incident

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/26/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Mr.victorious

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I think that Mr.Gates staged this for several reasons. First of all in a small community like the one Mr.Gates lives in would you not be able to recognize your own next door neighbor? if you saw your next door neighbor and his friend trying to get into his house would you call the police? But lets say it was dark lets say the whistle blower didn't recognize him, and she calls the police why would he simply not let the officers validate that this is his home? They asked for a simple ID what is racist wrong with that. Freaking out about racism because they asked for an ID because he was breaking into a house seems like really bad acting to me. Then the police gave up and decided to let him be. A scholarly man like him would know that screaming at policeman and saying things about their mother is gonna get you busted for disorderly conduct. I think that this professor just wanted his 15 seconds of fame and I want to know what others think.
Gary10

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No one would stage an incident like the incident which took place with Mr. Gates. That would be a bad move for publicity as the publicity is very negative. Mr. Gates is clearly a smart man who became angry and exercised poor judgment when confronted by police.

For Mr. Gates to have staged the incident he would have had to either call in the report himself or convince a neighbor to do it. In addition, it would be easy to mistake a man for a burglar if he was seen attempting to force his way into a house and it was dark outside. The incident happened as it was reported.

Your argument that the incident was staged seems largely based on the fact that Mr. Gates acted irrationally when confronted by police. I do not claim that he acted rationally. He was clearly out of line in his conduct. However, this does not mean that the incident was in any way planned.
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Posted by Xer 7 years ago
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We have a thread on this in the forum:
http://www.debate.org...
Posted by MTGandP 7 years ago
MTGandP
What incident?
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