A Note from Mel

Make the connection…

Salim Hylton September 4, 2009

Salim

 

This crowd of mourners

doesn’t make it real,

your Fleetwood will bounce

at the curb any minute now,

black, polished, monumental

1996, chrome grill, chrome lady

leaning from the hood

like leaping breathless

from the Titanic;

 

You will be here,

you should be here

any minute now.

 

– Melanie Henderson

 

Oh, Henry… July 21, 2009

gatesandlee 

Black scholar’s arrest raises profiling questions

 

By MELISSA TRUJILLO, Associated Press Writer Melissa Trujillo, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 32 mins ago

BOSTON – Police responding to a call about “two black males” breaking into a home near Harvard University ended up arresting the man who lives there — Henry Louis Gates Jr., the nation’s pre-eminent black scholar.

Gates had forced his way through the front door because it was jammed, his lawyer said. Colleagues call the arrest last Thursday afternoon a clear case of racial profiling.

Cambridge police say they responded to the well-maintained two-story home after a woman reported seeing “two black males with backpacks on the porch,” with one “wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry.”

More at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_harvard_scholar_disorderly