You will probably recall that in July 2009, noted Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his own home after a neighbor called the police to report a suspected break-in. Gates is black; the arresting officer, white.
The incident drew national attention and President Obama responded at the time by saying, “I don’t know . . . what role race played in that. But . . . what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”
Gladys I. Cruz (Questar III BOCES), Theresa Longhi (Ichabod Crane Teachers Association), and José M. Meléndez (Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network) were recently published in Educator’s Voice from NYSUT.