I’ve been critical (privately) of the caller in the Henry Louis Gates case. This was due to my assumption that the caller was someone who couldn’t believe that two black men would have a reason to enter a house in this neighborhood. The 911 tape of her phone call released today tells a different story.
“One looked kind of Hispanic but I’m not really sure, and the other one entered I didn’t see what he looked like at all,” the caller tells the dispatcher on the line. You can listen to a portion of the tape here but click the link withing the player to listen to the entire call which lasted nearly 3 minutes.
From the jump I believed that the phone call which was made was in order, and if she had indeed said that two black men entered the house, then that’s what she saw. But in listening to the tape, this caller went out of her way to say that she didn’t know if there was a break-in happening, and never said that the subjects were black.
Racial profiling is real, but where is it in this case?