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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:45 PM

35. He was interviewed for the Ken Burns documentary "Jazz". One segment really stuck

in my mind. He had tears in his eyes and his voice broke when he recalled this experience:

SMITH: There's one other very important and vivid experience you had with your dad that really made an impression on you in terms of fighting racial inequality. Tell me about that.

DAVE: I think I may have been six or seven, but I have to guess. And I don't know what was in my father's mind, but we were together. I used to go with him sometimes when he'd buy cattle. [We were down] on the Sacramento River. And my wife's uncle always hung out with a black rodeo rider. His name, believe it or not, was Shine. And so my dad just brought me up to this guy and he said "open your shirt for Dave and show him your chest." And he did and there was this brand on his chest. And my dad said "something like this should never happen again.." …You've gotta remember I'm around cattle branding and I know what it's like, that hot iron, 'cause I've branded hundreds of cattle. And the hotter the iron, the less it will hurt and the quicker you can get off, get off the burning and the smell of that burnt hair and skin. So you want to get that fire as hot as you can. And the whole picture came to my mind, because I've been around branding as long as I can remember. And to see a, a wonderful man having had to go through that was just too much for me….It had an impact on me that I'll never forget. All of my life I thought what I can do about this. It's like my dad telling me to do something about it.


RIP, Dave. You will be missed.

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