An incident occurred recently after a woman who was white saw a man who was black babysitting two children who were white in Wal-Mart: she called the police.
Corey Lewis, the man in question runs something called “Inspired by Lewis,” a youth mentoring program, and he was just looking after his friend’s kids.
The man and two kids went to Walmart, had some food at Subway and were about to leave when Corey was approached by a woman demanding to check on the children, a six year old boy and 10 year old girl.
It was reported that Lewis understandably refused to let the condescending woman speak to the little girl, so she followed the man home and called the cops to request that what they call a welfare check be carried out.
Sure enough, before long the cops arrived on the scene from the Cobb County, Georgia Police Department to ask Corey and the kids if he was really babysitting. On the Facebook video, Corey wrote:
“I’m being followed and harassed. I got two kids I’m babysitting. She pulled up talking about, are the kids ok? Why wouldn’t they be ok?”
The cop asked to speak to the kids to ask them if they were really in good care. Corey replied “Why, to fulfil her?”
Then the cop escalated things and asked the kids to step out of the car. The babysitter was shocked: understandably so, that’s the exact type of threat that a babysitter should be poised to defend against. People really trust those police? He said “Oh, they gotta step out? Please explain to the officer who Mr Lewis is.”
According to one article: “The little girl confirmed to the officer that they were being looked after and Corey told him he works as a youth mentor. The parents said that their son attends Corey’s mentoring program and they had arranged for him to watch the children.”
Corey said, in another Facebook video: “All because I got two kids in the backseat 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. It’s crazy… It’s 2018 and this is what I’ve got to deal with.”
The cop then called the children’s parents and then the matter was “resolved.”
The mother said to CBS46:
“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.”
This is a real situation and something frankly African Americans have to go through every day, make no mistake about it.
The police harass everyone, but everybody knows that often, generally speaking, they seriously go out of their way to target black people.
At the same time, there’s no need to emphasize race too much or go so deep into that aspect of it that it divides black from white. Everybody at this point who belongs to the civilian class of people is being oppressed. Blacks and whites get along probably better than ever in the history of America right now.
Still, the police target people. Police shoot innocent people and behave unpredictably throughout America and that’s a fact, so the act of calling the police here was something like Russian roulette.
The woman who called the police played Russian roulette on the man’s life instead of using other ways to figure out for herself is he was really babysitting or not, if she was concerned about that.
Anybody would be better off helping people in any possible way rather than calling the police. People need to overcome their prejudices and learn to discern suspicious people from people they happen to have a fear of.