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What was the first racial profiling you ever saw or experienced?

President Obama has made me recall an enigmatic event I witnessed as a child. Yesterday he spoke both eloquently and emotionally of the ways he himself has experienced racial profiling. As he did so he summoned the image in my mind of the first racial profiling I had ever seen. I was only seven at the time.  

There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me -- at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
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The photo below shows Rev. Maurice Dawkins (who at the time lived across the street from me) organizing with MLK Jr.

July 9, 1960: MLK Jr. & Rev. Maurice Dawkins (my neighbor) in Los Angeles for a civil rights rally & the Democratic National Convention.
In 1957 my family bought a house on South Westchester Place in LA while my mom was still carrying me inside her. In the first discusison she ever had with anyone on the block, a nervous neighbor whispered a warning to her, "There's a N-N-N-Negro family just moved onto this street, but at least they're on the OTHER side of the street." She didn't know that for my mom having a Black family on the street was a plus.

My mom used to tell that story with relish because she felt it accurately protrayed the stupidity and small-mindedness of racists. Any division, even if only a matter of fifteen feet, assumes importance in the racist mindset.

Los Angeles did not have the outright de jure segregation (separation by law) like the South, but it did have racial restrictive covenants which prevented blacks and Hispanics from renting and buying in certain areas, even long after the courts ruled them illegal in 1948.

Rev. Dawkin's church was used as a cover for smashing through the color barrier on my street. Others took the lead in desegregating other parts of the hood. Eventually I was the only white kid on my baseball team (but only profiled as the one leftie on a team of righties).

The indignancy of some of the more vocal neighbors was a matter that mostly went right over my seven year-old head. We kids played together on the street like everything was normal. I went to Elementary school with the Dawkins' family. We did birthday parties together. We were in the Cub & Boy Scouts together. The son tried (in vain) to teach me the Pledge of Allegiance, while his father was out on the street with MLK Jr. to make it something more than just a myth.

The California Christian Ministers Conference protest at Woolworths with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Rev. Maurice Dawkins, 1960. Photo by Charles Williams.

Then in 1965 the Watts Riots broke out in Los Angeles. I only recall the riots (which never reached anywhere near my street) because that was the day no one was out on the street playing and I was extremely bored. I kept looking out the window for signs of any friends playing outside. When I looked out and saw Mr. Turphy emerge from his house menacingly pumping a shotgun, I yelled out for my mom to come into the living room. She explained patiently to me why this bizarre sight of a man guarding his house with a shotgun was taking place. The only thing from that conversation that has stayed in mind was the phrase, "He's a Republican."

MLK's telegram to LBJ recommending Rev. Dawkins for VISTA Director.
What I am sure my mom didn't point out to her seven year-old is that Mr. Turphy wasn't facing in the direction of Watts. He was standing face-forward in the exact opposite direction...towards the Rev. Dawkins' house (with whom he had been living on the same street with for seven years). Waiting as though he expected the reverend or his children to break out into rioting on the street. Maybe just waiting for any excuse....
From an obituary -
Rev. Maurice A. Dawkins, 80, Black activist, and an ordained Baptist minister. A lifelong organizer for black causes, including the 1963 March on Washington and re-establishing the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Broward County. He became president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter and was active in the Urban League, the Congress of Racial Equality, and served as the western regional organizer for the March on Washington, D.C.
The only thing that I really understood at the time about that day was that no one was going to be stepping out onto the street to play while Mr. Turphy was locked and loaded as a one-man neighborhood watch. I am glad no one did. I am glad that Mr. Turphy's day as a Zimmerman came and went without the murder of anyone on our street. What I am not glad about, and what tears at my heart, is that five decades later Black children still face racial profiling. They are the children and grandchildren of friends, family and neighbors who put their bodies on the line to fight for racial equality...so damn long ago. And now their own kids are on the front line.
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SIX (6!!!!) KOSSACK MEET-UPS HAPPENING TODAY

Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


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:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Saturday, July 20th

Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Rush Street
9546 Washington/Culver Boulevard • Culver City

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Shockwave
3. jakedog42
4. joemarkowitz
5. susans
6. otoelbc
7. 714day
8. BruinKid
9. otoelbc's brother
10. poopdogcomedy
11. gmats
Maybees:
pico
Latest diary: LA Kossacks, July 20 Meetup: Culver City, Here We Come - Reminder!
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Saturday, July 20th

Houston Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Pasha Restaurant
2325 University Boulevard • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. doraphasia
3. mister mustardhead
4. suesue
5. Mr. suesue
6. Bree Davis
7. jmbar2
8. MarciaJ720
9. Libby Shaw
10. Mary
11. Alan

Maybees:
Mr. Libby Shaw

Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, July 20!
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Saturday, July 20th

Motor City Kossacks Meet-up to welcome tgypsy

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Brighton Bar and Grill
400 W. Main St. • Brighton

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2. tgypsy
3. mideedah
4. Provoking Meaning
5. gregsullmich
Maybees:
dkmich
BFSkinner
dov12348
christinebarry
GwenM
sydneyluv
Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks Meet-up Sat 7/20, Brighton Bar & Grill, 12-3 PM (plus teaser for next one)
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Saturday, July 20th

Southern California Inland Empire
Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 11:00 AM (Tour museum then lunch there)
LOCATION: Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail • Palm Springs

ORGANIZER: Send SoCaliana a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. SoCaliana
2.
3.
Maybees:
Susan from 29
Latest diary: SCIEK: Summer Meetup Location
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Saturday, July 20th

SFKossacks Welcome angelajean & Family to Elkhorn Slough, there will be otters!

TIME: 10:00 AM at the visitors center
LOCATION: Elkhorn Slough
[map] • Moss Landing

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. angelajean
3. Glen The Plumber
4. remembrance
5. TLO™
Maybees:
Laughing Planet
D Bunn
D Bunn's friend
KenBee
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, July 20th

Dkos Asheville, North Carolina Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Randallt
2. Gordon20024
3. davehouck
4. Joieau
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. Captain Sham
8. Smiley7
9. DawnN
10.
11. LamontCranston
12. Christian Dem in NC
13. gulfgal98
14.

Maybees:
eeff
Audri
PearlJamSteelworker
Amy
marshstars

Latest diary: DKos Asheville Open Thread 5/18/13: Frogs and tomatoes and snakes, oh my!
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Sunday, July, 21st

Northern Arizona Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano
Tlaquepaque Village
336 State Route 179 • Sedona

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. savano66
3. MissLove (navajo's daughter)
4. sed (navajo's SIL)
5. Nick (navajo's grandguy)
6. Sequoia (navajo's grandguy)
7. mangolind (navajo's daughter)
8. Shaun (mangolind's BF)
9.
Maybees:
 
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Sunday, August 4th

SFKossacks Meet BeadLady and the Okiciyap Quilt!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine)  • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BeadLady
2. navajo
3. Catilinus
4. dharmasyd
5. norm
Maybees:
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Sunday, August 4th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. joanbrooker
2. mconvente
3. belinda ridgewood
4. Yasuragi
5. sidnora
6. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
7. blue jersey mom
8. kathny
9. ask
10. rubyr
11. plf515
12. thankgodforairamerica
13. No Exit
14. gchaucer2
15. MBNYC
16. andgarden

Maybees:
Ollie Garkey
Ian Reifowitz
wader
nyceve
aoeu

Latest diary: NYC Meetup 8/4: Beat the Dog Days!
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.


Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket

Maybees:
Glen The Plumber
remembrance
TLO™

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