No race problems in America? Plenty of folk had negative comments about Professor Gates simply stirring a tempest in a teapot, but the fact remains he has received so many death threats Harvard is suggesting he leave his home.
Gates was denounced by some bloggers as making noise about something that wasn’t a fact at all. In fact one citizen journalist who writes virtually only opinion had 10 separate, negative postings about Gates. The fact remains that death threats are of considerable concern to Harvard University where Professor Gates is employed. The University has looked at the issue and recommended he move.
The response to the story about Gates written by those who considered him to be racist for responding with anger when a policeman arrested him in his home, believing Gates to be an intruder, seems to have had a serious effect on Gates’ welfare according to The Raw Story. “You should die; you’re a racist,” read one e-mail, according to reports. He has received bomb threats and has had to change his cell phone number and email address. Furthermore, someone posted signs outside Gates’ Ware Street home July 25 calling him “shameful” and a “racist,” the professor said.
In the meantime the Boston Herald reports Professor Gates, intimated by some to have no class and to be callous in his personal dealings, sent flowers to his neighbor thanking her for her concern about the welfare of his home. The neighbor Lucia Whalen received the bouquet of flowers with a note from Professor Gates, the contents of which is undisclosed but was said to contain a friendly message referencing her taking responsibility for calling the police when she thought someone was breaking into Gates' home.
Gates has declared on theroot.com the following as essential for understanding and working out racial differences: “It is incumbent upon. . . (us) . . .to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand.”
Gates added he thanks God that he lives “in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf.”