What if he was not Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr?
What if he was not a preeminent Harvard professor?
What if he was not almost 60 years old, of average or below average height, with a visible disability?
What if his home was not “well maintained” in a “nice” Cambridge neighborhood?
What if the incident had not happened at 12 noon, but 12 midnight?
What if he could not have provided identification in a timely manner?
What if he did not have a high profile attorney to filter all subsequent inquiries and release all statements?
What if the police had not been forced, through public embarrassment, to drop all charges?
The true outrage is that if any or all this had been the case there would not be nearly as much outrage.