Even if race played some role in how Professor Gates was treated — who knows? — the Left is, predictably, exaggerating the sociopolitical significance of it all. And I’ll go further than that: I suspect that, as soon as the police arrived, Professor Gates realized he had been handed a great opportunity to play the victim and advance his agenda, and he decided to milk the incident for all it’s worth. And he’s still doing it. That’s too bad, since the last thing African Americans need in 2009 is to buy into more victimology.
BTW, I should add that I have a lot of sympathy for the police, and not much for people who make it harder for them to do their jobs and who aren’t willing to cut them some slack. Here’s a good article on that from today’s Washington Post, of all places.