White woman calls cops on black man for babysitting two white kids
Calling 911 is not something that anyone should take lightly. The clue's in the name; you'd be calling the emergency services if you happened to find yourself in an emergency. And while we definitely hear about pranksters making "prank" phone calls to the cops, apparently for comedic purposes, generally, people take the act of calling those three daunting digits very seriously.
However, recently, there has been a slew of people calling the cops on others quite literally for no good reason. And more specifically, the press has reported on people ratting out black individuals for simply going about their day.
With an increasing number of reports of cops being called for instances that included a black kid mowing the lawn, a black guy minding his own business at Starbucks, and a black woman eating lunch in a common room at Smith College, it seems to have become something of an epidemic.
And now we have our latest story on a woman calling the cops on a black guy without any real justification.
The woman in question called the cops on a black man she saw at a Walmart in Georgia, a man who happened to be babysitting two white children. Corey Lewis runs a youth-mentoring program in Atlanta and used Facebook Live to record his conversation with the Cobb County police officer who eventually arrived at the scene in response to the call.
Take a look at how Lewis' encounter with the officer went down:
The incident occurred last Sunday and saw the innocent man explaining to the cop that he is, in fact, the children's babysitter. Lewis explained further that he had taken the boy and girl he was babysitting to get dinner at the Subway in Walmart.
He then stopped over to get gas and that's when the "concerned" woman who had been following them approached Lewis. The lady asked Lewis if she could speak to the young girl in order to see if she knew who he was. Lewis told the cop that he quite rightly refused the woman's bizarre and unjustified request. He also said she would "take down [his] license plate".
It was then that the woman called the cops and followed Lewis and the kids all the way home. “I asked a few white witnesses if it looked suspicious that I was caring for two white children, and they said ‘Kind of,'” Lewis said. “But the kids were goofing around and eating, and there was no sign of danger.”
"All because I got two kids in the back seat who do not look like me, this lady took it upon herself to say that she’s going to take my plate down and call the police," Lewis said in another Facebook video. "It’s crazy… It’s 2018 and this is what I’ve got to deal with."
The children, a 10-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, confirmed to the officer that Lewis was their after-school teacher and babysitter. "A black man with white children just didn’t look right in this woman’s eyes," Lewis later reflected.
Now, it whilst the woman had a right to be concerned and the cop did have to follow up on the call - it is better to be safe than sorry, after all - watch the video back and just make a note of how many times the officer asks the kids, "Are you good?" It's almost like he's waiting for the children to go against their first answer and Lewis' story.
The kids' parents, David Parker and Dana Mango, couldn't believe it when they were called by the police to confirm the details, telling local outlet CBS46 that they believe Lewis was stalked and harassed for "babysitting while black".
"I said, ‘Are you saying that because there’s an African American male driving my two white kids, that he was stopped and pulled over and questioned?’ and he said, ‘I’m sorry, ma’am, that’s exactly what I’m saying,’" the children's mother told CBS46.
"My son said, ‘The woman followed us because we have peachy skin and Mr. Lewis has brown skin, and she thought he was kidnapping us.’ They were both fearful that Corey wouldn’t be able to babysit them anymore."
It's a real shame that this man was targeted quite simply for having a different skin color to the kids in his care. It's 2018 and yet this kind of racial profiling still goes on every single day. We can only hope the amount of attention being drawn to it will mean more people will be prepared to tackle this problem.