She insists she never mentioned race and we know she told Crowley that the suspects could well be living in that house. So Crowley made the assumption that they were black and treated Gates as a criminal because he was a black man in a nice house. Meanwhile, Forbes points out the core issue here: freedom of speech. Crowley thinks he can arrest you for it. I think it's important to insist that that isn't true. But if you come across Crowley, it's worth remembering that if you insult him, he will arrest you. And you probably aren't as powerful as Skip Gates.