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America the Great … Police State

Aug 2, 2012
Truthdig was proud to be the home of Gore Vidal's essays over the last six years In a tribute to his legacy, we'll be rerunning his great works In this essay, written in 2009, Vidal wants us to accept that the US is no longer a republic, no longer governed by laws -- only by armed men and force .

So Much for the Promised Land

Aug 3, 2009
The most prominent faces of color, such as President Obama or Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr., mask an insidious new racism that, in essence, tells blacks they have enough, that progress has been made and that it is up to them to take advantage of what society offers them.The new racism tells blacks that progress has been made and it's their fault if they don't succeed.

Obama Invites Prof. Gates, Sgt. Crowley to White House

Jul 25, 2009
The strange saga involving an African-American Harvard professor, a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer and a crash course in racial politics may have reached a (somewhat) happy ending -- or at least an interesting one -- now that President Obama has invited Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley to the White House to try to work it all out together.

Prof. Gates Tells His Side of the Story, Chastises Policeman

Jul 22, 2009
Looks like Harvard professor and race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. won't face criminal charges after last Thursday's unfortunate confrontation with a Cambridge, Mass., police officer, but the incident definitely touched off some reactions well beyond Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Gates has given his account of what happened and has called for an apology from the officer in question.

Black-History Expert Arrested in His Home; Racism Alleged

Jul 21, 2009
One Sgt. James Crowley may have thought he was stopping a break-in when he showed up at a house near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., last Thursday, but the man he eventually arrested there happened to be professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of the Afro-American studies department and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, who just happened to be in his own home.