A white woman has been accused of ‘racial profiling’ for calling the police on an African-American man whom she saw babysitting two white children at a Walmart in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday.
The unnamed woman approached Corey Lewis, who was babysitting the 10-year-old girl and the six-year-old boy, in the parking lot, and asked to speak to the children to check that they were alright.
When Lewis responded that he didn’t know her, so she wasn’t allowed to speak to the children, the woman then followed him back to his home in suburban Atlanta, and called the police to request a welfare check on the children.
When the police arrived at his home, Lewis, who runs a mentoring programme for young people called ‘Inspired By Lewis’, started filming. The video, which was posted to his account on Sunday, has gone viral with more than 400,000 views:
Speaking to the camera he says:
I didn’t do anything.
The police are here now. The police!
Now I have to deal with this – this is crazy. Let’s see what they have to do with this.
Speaking to the Cobb County officer, Lewis says:
I’m being followed and harassed.
I got two kids I’m babysitting.
He then goes on to tell the officer that they ate at Subway, got some gas, then the unnamed white woman approached him and asked if the kids were OK0.
Why wouldn’t they be OK? No on is screaming, no one is running, no one is trying to escape.
The police officer then asks to speak to the children himself, Lewis responds that it’s crazy that he wants to do it, but eventually gives in. The officer then asks the children to step out of the vehicle, and the children say:
My Lewis is a mentor officer, and he’s babysitting us…
Then this lady started following us.
The matter was finally resolved when the officer called the children’s parents, David Parker and Dana Mango. Speaking to CBS46, Mango said:
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 incident is the latest in a long list of viral videos that show white people calling the police on black people simply for going about their day, and existing in America.
Some of the most high profile examples from 2018 include a white woman dubbed ‘BBQBecky’, who called the police on a group of black people in Oakland, California, for having a barbecue by a lake, and a barista who called the police on two black men sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia because they ‘didn’t order anything’. [indy100]