An example of racism or law enforcement?
The controversy over the Cambridge police arrest of Henry Louis Gates shows that the conversation about race in America remains fraught with pitfalls and a difficult topic.
It appears that even the woman who phoned in the 911 call is having to defend herself from criticism which is very disappointing.
President Obama wading into the topic with strong language raised the temperature on the story. To President Obama's credit, he has recognized his words were unfortunate and has proposed that he, Prof. Gates and Officer Crowley meet at the White House for a beer to talk.
Was the confrontation at the home of Prof. Gates racism or law enforcement?
I don't know.
But what I do know is that though America has come a long way in regards to race, the tempest over this case shows we still have a ways to go.
President Obama's "beer diplomacy" in this case …