I guess I should comment on the Gates thing.
“Well, I should say at the outset that ‘Skip’ Gates is a friend so I may be a little biased here. I don’t know all the facts. [..] Now, I don’t know not having been there and not seeing all the facts what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say [..] that the Cambridge Police acted stupidly…”
Consider a definition:
|1.||an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.|
The word that is ascribed to that definition is none other than ‘prejudice‘. I don’t think I need say any more.