'BABYSITTING WHILE BLACK': Cops called on black man driving with white kids

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

A black man who was babysitting two white children had the police called on him to carry out a welfare check after a white woman saw them together in Walmart.

Thankfully, Lewis was able to capture most of the incident via Facebook Live.

On Sunday, Corey Lewis was watching two children when they went to a Walmart in Marietta, Ga., where they got some food, then stopped at a gas station to fill up the auto. He refused, so she called police and followed them to his home.

The trio went to Walmart and enjoyed Subway before getting in the auto to return home, which is when Corey was approached by a woman asking to check on the children, a 10-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy.

"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, '" Mango told CBS46.

The parents said that their son attends Lewis' mentoring program and they had arranged for him to watch the children.

Lewis' police stop is the latest viral racial profiling incident.

"This lady from Walmart harassed, followed, & called the cops on me ALL because I'm black and have 2 white kids with me", he wrote.

He told the outlet a white woman "pulled up alongside us and asked, 'Are the kids OK?'" after he took them to a Subway sandwich store inside the Walmart.

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Lewis said no and that's when the police were called.

The woman told police she was concerned about the children's safety, but did not describe any suspicious behavior by Lewis.

The woman asked if the children were OK, and requested to speak to them.

It's a case of babysitting while black.

Parker and Mango said they don't believe that the woman was trying to protect their children because they never showed any signs of being in danger.

"After this ordeal on Sunday night the first thing the kids asked was, 'When can he come babysit us again?'" Mango said.

As for Lewis, he tells The Times, he will not let the experience hold him back from his work.

"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", she added.

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