Police named on Atlanta man for 'babysitting although black'
Corey Lewis was leaving a Subway sandwich shop in the US state of Georgia on Sunday with the two children he was babysitting, when a woman approached him in a Walmart auto park.
The lady asked if the youngsters were OK, and requested to speak to them. When Mr Lewis refused, the woman followed him residence and called the police.
Mr Lewis is black. The children were white.
The incident in suburban Atlanta has recharged the debate about racial profiling in America.
Mr Lewis documented parts of the encounter in a series of Facebook Reside videos which have been viewed far more than 600,000 times.
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In the videos, Mr Lewis says: “It is 2018. I can’t step out into the neighborhood without having getting profiled.
“I am getting harassed and followed… due to the fact I have got two kids that don’t appear like me.”
He also stated that the kids were “scared” by the lady following them.
In the final video, Mr Lewis is questioned by a police officer by the side of the road.
Mr Lewis described the incident as an example of “babysitting although black” and suggests that the only cause the woman contacted the police was simply because of his skin colour.
The videos were met with anger on the web, with numerous folks commenting that it was “disgusting” and “terrible” that the police were named.
Numerous men and women utilised the hashtag #BabysittingWhileBlack to express their anger.
‘Living even though black’
Mr Lewis’ experience is the most recent of a number of incidents of white men and women calling the police to report black folks for undertaking seemingly regular everyday activities.
This has given rise to the term “living whilst black” to describe the criminalisation of black men and women going about their every day lawful company.
Black individuals napping, visiting a coffee shop or restaurant, canvassing and promoting water have all resulted in the police being known as.
Dana Mango, the children’s mother, told Excellent Morning America, that she was “in a state of disbelief” when she received a telephone call from a police officer asking her to confirm that she knew Mr Lewis.
“The officer was actually apologetic,” Ms Mango said. “I feel he was embarrassed. He saw what was happening fairly rapidly.
Mr Lewis runs a youth mentoring organisation that teaches life abilities to young individuals with emotional and behaviour issues.
Published at Wed, 10 Oct 2018 21:29:03 +0000