gatesLike many Americans, I have followed closely the story of the arrest of Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., by Cambridge police officer Sgt. James Crowley for disorderly conduct. This is, as Dr. Gates said during a CNN interview on July 22, “an educational opportunity for America.”

I was asked by Jessica Bennett, editor of Beacon Broadside (the blog of my publisher, Beacon Press) to share my views about this case. You can read my comments here.