Henry Louis Gates was arrested recently while trying to get into his own home, an incident that raises quite a few questions about racial profiling--especially the question of whether the same behavior, committed by different races, conjures of radically different assumptions in a casual observer. Gates was trying to get into his front door, but the door was damaged and wouldn't budge. He went through the back door instead, then went about trying to get the door working properly. A passerby saw him forcing the door and called the police. The question is, why was he assumed to be breaking and entering into his own house? How does a prominent professor get mistaken by neighbors for being someone other than the rightful owner of that house? This is where racial assumptions come into the picture. Would a white person in that situation have been suspected of breaking and entering? Of course he ended up being arrested, not for breaking and entering, but for becoming belligerent to the officers that were there. However, if the police were only there because of a faulty call, and that call was based on a wrongful presumption based on the fact that he is black, then isn't he right to be more than a little angry? The Police say he failed to show proper identification. Gates says he did show them proper identification, but that when asked for theirs, the police refused.