Monday, August 17, 2009

Teachable Moment

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home, may be surprising to some, but not to the authentic, ABM (Angry Black Man). Many African Americans feel that if you play by the rules and observe all known laws, if you do as required or expected, then the law enforcement community will stop observing you as a potential criminal, or cease looking at your success and achievements as a mythical affirmative action bonus, as I explained in detail in the book!
Successful African American business people should always expect a visit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or even worst, a potential inquiry from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the agency questions minor expenditures. This same agency may use its subpoena power to disrupt or damage the reputation of the business.
African American Politicians are forced to give consideration to district attorneys interested in self promotion who may threaten indictments costing thousands of dollars and ultimately derail political advancement.
It is understood that subpoenas and indictments, even when shown to be false, prove more damaging than an arrest for successful blacks.
Professor, scholar, and geneticist, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will certainly recover and possibly even profit and gain additional credibility from his arrest. Harvard may study the problem and hire additional African Americans, but will this lead to less challenges of this nature cropping up in America, I question that vehemently.
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