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Gates vs Crowley: A confrontation, or a teaching moment?

I was a victim of racial-profiling too. However, they were black cops that stopped me in a Baltimore train station.

I was 6-months pregnant with my son when I decided to take Amtrak and visit my brother who was residing in Baltimore. I was wearing cowboy boots and carrying a small bag and his tennis racket. In my bag was the normal clothing and a package of white socks I bought for my brother, since he was a tennis instructor at the time. My train ride was pleasant and all seemed well until I decided to use the public restroom in the Amtrak station.  My brother was late picking me up and I was looking everywhere for him. .
 
How do we teach students about racial profiling? We have to jump right in. 

Riding The Train While Black: The Amy Bowllan Story

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=8171177

 

 

 

When Crowley arrived, he told an incensed Gates he was investigating a report of a break-in and asked for his identification

Based on published reports

 

"Why? Because I’m a black man in America," Gates responded, the police report says.

 

Gates initially refused to hand over his ID, instead angrily accusing the officer of being a racist and "leveling threats that he wasn’t someone to mess with," the report says.