Enough has been said about the Henry Louis Gates Jr. debacle, so the Korean does not have much to add, except one personal impression --
The Korean realizes that this is unreasonable, but he cannot believe that the officer did not recognize Prof. Gates. Gates is America's foremost scholar when it comes to race relations, and his books are as much of a classic in race relations as Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is in physics. For the Korean, this was like arresting Elvis in Graceland. It made no sense.
Everyone has been approaching this as a race relations problem. But perhaps this is more of education problem. This whole thing could have been avoided if the officer knew who Prof. Gates was -- as all Americans should have.
(Ugh, who is the Korean kidding? Americans don't even know enough to be American citizens.)
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