Race Matters

Obama: Cambridge Police Acted 'Stupidly'

The final question during President Obama's prime-time press conference on Wednesday was about the controversial arrest of African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for breaking into his own home. President Obama came down on the side of those who say race played a factor, saying the Cambridge (Mass.) Police Department acted "stupidly." Noting that Gates is a "friend," Obama cracked jokes about the difficulty of breaking into the White House, but returned to a serious tone when he argued that Gates' arrest demonstrates how "race remains" an unresolved issue in America.