Gates was an executive who met regularly with Microsoft's senior managers and program managers. In firsthand accounts of these meetings, the managers described him being verbally combative. He also berated managers for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company's long-term interests at risk.   He interrupted presentations with such comments as "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!"  and "Why don't you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps ?"  The target of his outburst then had to defend the proposal in detail until, hopefully, Gates was fully convinced.  When subordinates appeared to be procrastinating, he was known to remark sarcastically, "I'll do it over the weekend."   
Lolita Buckner Inniss, a professor at the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law , wrote a letter to The New York Times in response to the Gates' piece. She argued that regardless of who did the capturing, it was white people who created the market for African slaves and perpetuated the practice even after the import trade was banned. "Up until that recent piece, people would have thought of him as someone who took a cautious and nuanced approach to questions like reparations." Gates has such an eminent reputation, she said, and "so much gravitas. Many of us were troubled."