Refers to the legal case in which Henry Louis Gates Jr, a Harvard
Professor who teaches, among other topics, identity politics
issues such as racial profiling
accuses sergeant James Crowley of the Cambridge police force, who himself teaches other Cambridge police officers about racial profiling
and how to avoid it, of racial profiling
when sergeant Crowley arrested Professor Gates for disorderly conduct on July 16th 2009.
Pete: What's up with that thing about that black Harvard professor accusing the white cop of racial profiling?
John: Ya I've seen it. It's Gates gate. It's all over the news. Now get your fat brown eye off the remote so I can watch Red Eye.
The controversy surrounding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Harvard University scholar and educator, and the subsequent allegations of racial profiling and racism against the Cambridge (MA) Police Department.
The health care lobbyist is annoyed that Gatesgate has overshadowed the news coverage of the debate to which she has invested so much time.