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Corey Lewis was stopped in front of a Walmart in Cobb County, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta) with the two children he was babysitting. When he denied a white woman’s request to speak with the children to see if they were okay, she called the police on him.

Lewis — who works as a youth mentor — didn’t know the police had been called on him until one showed up outside of his home. The white woman followed him all the way there. The police even admitted that they were called because the children were white and the man babysitting them was black.

“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, he said, ‘I’m sorry ma’am, that’s exactly what I’m saying,’ ” Dana Mango, the parent of the 10-year-old and six-year-old Lewis was babysitting, told local media.

Video of the incident shows Lewis calmly explaining the confrontation with the white woman to the police officer outside of his home.

“I got two kids I’m babysitting. We went and ate at Subway at Walmart, went and got some gas, she pulled up talkin’ about, are the kids okay, why wouldn’t they be okay? No one’s yelling, no one’s screaming,” Lewis is heard saying.

“Please explain to the officer who Mr. Lewis is. Please,” Lewis told the two children after the officer asked them to step out of the car.

“Mr. Lewis… is babysitting us,” the ten-year-old girl said.

Corey Lewis’ example is just the latest in a long string of white people calling the police on black people for merely existing in white spaces throughout 2018. In May, a woman who later became known as “BBQ Becky” went viral for calling the police on a group of black people for barbecuing in a public park. Roughly a month after that incident, another white woman went viral for calling the police on an eight-year-old black girl for selling water, becoming known as “Permit Patty.”

 

Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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