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Published:July 30th, 2009 10:41 EST

Racial Profiling: Last Refuge For Red Necks

By SOP newswire2

Reporting from Atlanta and Fort Wayne, Ind. - Like Henry Louis Gates Jr., they are professionals, men of status and achievement who have excelled in a nation that once shunned black men.

And for many of them, their only shock -- upon learning of the celebrated scholar`s recent run-in with police -- was the moment of recognition.

They know too well the pivotal moment Gates faced at his Massachusetts home. It was that moment of suspicion when confronted by police, the moment one wonders, in a flash of panic, anger or confusion: Maybe I am being treated this way because I`m black.

Next comes the pivotal question: Do I protest or just take it?

By Richard Fausset and P.J. Huffstutter