Racial Tensions Stirred by Henry Louis Gates Arrest Could Grow

Hopefully, the matter doesn't become a clash of larger proportions.

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

O.J. Simpson, Simi Valley, Rodney King. They all stand as visions of a racially divided America, an aspect of American life and culture of which no one is proud. I'm just wondering if the controversy surrounding the clash between renowned African-American scholar Henry Gates and a sergeant in the Cambridge police department is going to become a clash of larger proportions.

And I hope it does not.

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