The ongoing saga of what actually happened and what was said in the now notorious case of Henry Louis Gates has raised more questions than answers. Lucia Whalen reported the incident and says she told the operator that an elderly woman had stopped her to report two men trying to get into a house. Whalen says she initially saw two men pushing on the door, but later stated one of the men entered the house and she did see two suitcases on the porch. “I don’t know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key. But, I did notice they used their shoulder to try to barge in and they got in.” She originally did not mention race of the men but was pressed by the operator and said “one looked kind of Hispanic, but I’m not really sure.”
According to the report submitted by Sgt. Crowley he claims Ms. Whalen “went on to tell me that she observed what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch.” Her lawyer says Ms. Whalen never mentioned the race of the men to Crowley.
It is quite clear there are now three versions of what happened– Gates, Crowley, and Whalen. Are we to assume Ms. Whalen will get an invitation to the White House to sit in on the now famous chat?