A white woman in Marietta, GA, has been accused of racial profiling after calling the police on Corey Lewis, a black man who just happened to be babysitting two white kids. According to Lewis, the as-of-yet unidentified woman spent almost an hour harassing them on Sunday, even following them to his home in her car. In response, Lewis live-streamed the whole ordeal on Facebook Live, where it’s gone viral.
Lewis, who runs a local community group, told NBC News that he first noticed the woman when she was blatantly staring at him when he got back into the car after taking the two kids to Subway. Apparently, the woman drove up next to Lewis’ car to ask if the children, siblings, Addison,10, and Nicholas, 6, were okay.
Lewis simply answered, “Why wouldn’t they be okay?” But that wasn’t enough for the woman, who drove off, but returned and asked to speak to Addison. When Lewis said no (the lady was a stranger, after all), she took down his license plate number. She followed him home, where police showed up.
The kids’ mom, Dana Mango, was flabbergasted. She asked a police officer, “Are you telling me that because a woman saw a young African-American male with two white kids that they were pulled over by the police?”
“He was apologetic and said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I’m sorry that appears to be what happened,’” she recalled.
Mango added, “There was only one thing that she saw that was out of place and that was kids of a different race than the person they were with. That’s not a concern for the kids. That’s racial profiling.”
Lewis said, “It never occurred to me that someone would see us and decide to take such judgment that she took. In 2018, prejudiced people exist. We are still being judged, we are still being discriminated against,” he said.
So, adding to the ever-growing list of things black people are getting in trouble for, including waiting for a friend in Starbucks and BBQing in a public park, we now have the “crime” of babysitting while black. It just never ends.
h/t NBC News