If you haven’t yet heard, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested last week at his home by Cambridge police after he tried to force open his locked front door. (He had just returned from China and reportedly had trouble opening the front door with his key. YUD does that all the time, and she’s not even jet-lagged.) Gates was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to a police report.
Perhaps even more shocking than the initial arrest, which, giving the benefit of every doubt seems to have been baseless, ridiculous, and at the very least extreme, is Barrett’s follow-up: a mass e-mail in which he referred to Gates as “banana-eating” and a “bumbling jungle monkey.”