Tonight when Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley sit down over a beer with President Obama, they can avoid talking about that awkward thing that happened last week. Instead, the Harvard professor and his arresting officer can discuss how they're related!
The pair at the center of a debate about racial profiling both trace their heritage back to Niall of the Nine Hostages, a fourth century Irish warlord. Gates discovered that he descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl when he hosted a PBS series on African-American ancestry last year. He went to Ireland to find out more about his line of ancestry, a line he shares with Sgt. Crowley.
What's a little misunderstanding among family?