The Root’s Editor-in-Chief Arrested

"Why? Because I am black man in America?"

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Counter said he spoke to Gates, who told him police continued to question him after he showed them his license and Harvard identification.

“They did not believe him when he said that he was in his own home,” Counter said. “He was totally mistreated in this incident.”

Gates is the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and served for 15 years as chairman of what is now the Department of African and African American Research. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1991 and holds one of 20 prestigious “university professors” positions at the school.

He also was host of “African American Lives,” a PBS show about the family histories of prominent U.S. blacks. Time magazine named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997.