Trayvon Wasn’t the Only Victim of Racial Profiling

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested 

The arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. outside of his home in 2009 can be noted as another notable case of racial profiling in the 21st century. After unsuccessfully attempting to open his damaged front door, Gates proceeded to the back of his house and successfully opened his back door. Moments later an officer appeared on the professor’s porch claiming he was responding to a 911 call about a “breaking and entering” crime at his address. Despite showing both his Harvard University identification with his address and his valid Massachusetts driver’s license, Louis was handcuffed on his front porch and spent four hours in the local jail. 

(Photo: AP Photo/Demotix Images, B. Carter, File)

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