Ai Weiwei and the Gates/Cambridge Police Debate

Ai Weiwei, perhaps China’s most prominent artist and a designer of the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, was yesterday smashed in the face by a cop in Chengdu when he, the artist, insisted that the officer identify himself.   While the parallels to the case of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates are multiple (e.g., famed social critic gets treated like a common criminal when confronting a minion … Continue reading Ai Weiwei and the Gates/Cambridge Police Debate