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White woman calls cops on Black woman for canvassing in 'wealthy neighborhood' during election

Mary Scott
Nov 07, 2018
01:47 P.M.

A black woman canvassing in a Lancaster county neighborhood had the cops called on her by a white woman.

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In one of the latest cases of white people calling the cops on black folks for trivial issues, Dr. Amanda Kemp and her husband, who is white, were harassed by a white woman.

On October 28, Kemp and her husband, Michael Jamanis, were canvassing for Democratic congressional candidate Jess King in a gated Lancaster County community believed to be a reserve of the “wealthy.”

King is running in Pennsylvania’s 11th District, and the couple has been volunteering on the campaign. That particular day, Kemp and her husband made their way to Bent Creek, a private suburban community, to visit a specific house. They had permission from a security officer before moving around, and they decided to visit another person.

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Sharing their experience in a lengthy Facebook post, Kemp wrote:

“As we approached a white woman with gardening shears called out to us. ‘What are you doing here? You can’t do that here. We walked onto her driveway to explain that we were canvassing for Jess King. She said, ‘I hate Jess King. She’s trying to take us to socialism. You can’t do that here.’”

According to Kemp, a racial justice/mindfulness mentor and visiting scholar at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, the white woman’s tone was “aggressive” and “loud.” She also faced Jamanis, and after saying he looked familiar, repeated that they did not belong there. She also threatened to call the police and take their picture.

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“I said. ‘That’s fine.’ And then I posed with a smile and said, ‘We support Jess King,’” Kemp wrote.

The woman followed them into the street, all the while yelling that they could not canvass in her neighborhood.

Jamanis also took the woman’s photo, even though Kemp said she hid her face with her hand. “She said, ‘All of this is private property. You can’t be in here at all. I’m calling the police.’ She then started to dial,” Kemp shared.

The couple left the neighborhood and called the campaign headquarters to notify them. However, when they got home later that day, the police came calling. Kemp said she didn’t want to talk to the cops, so Michael handled it.

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According to WITF, the particular white woman is Elizabeth "Duffy" Johnson, a member of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County, who has been campaigning for King’s opponent.

Since Kemp’s post was uploaded on October 29, it has already been shared over 100 times and has been sparking outrage among social media users.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Apart from the viral #BarbecueBecky, #PermitPatty, and the likes, there was also the recent case of Rep. Janelle Bynum in Oregon.

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As a state representative, she was canvassing door-to-door in her district when someone called the police on her.

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