Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Georgia police called on black man babysitting white kids

Georgia police called on black man babysitting white kids

A white woman in suburban Atlanta called 911 after she saw a black man babysitting two white children, sparking outrage from the kids' parents, who accused the woman of profiling the man for "babysitting while black".

Lewis chronicled the events in a series of Facebook Live videos.

In an exclusive interview, he told CBS46 that the woman first stopped him in the parking lot of a Cobb county Walmart and asked him if the children were okay.

According to Lewis, who narrated the incident on several Facebook Live videos, the woman followed him back to his neighborhood and sat in her vehicle down the street after he parked in front of his mother's house.

Upon meeting the police officer, the children, a 10-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old boy, confirmed to the officer that Lewis was indeed their after-school teacher and babysitter.

"I see this black gentleman with two little white kids and I had a amusing feeling", the caller said. She trailed them until Lewis reached his mother's home.

Mr Lewis described the incident as an example of "babysitting while black" and suggests that the only reason the woman contacted the police was because of his skin colour.

The officer briefly spoke with Lewis and asked to speak with the children as well.

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Lewis told Newsweek that he did not speak to the woman or file a police report after the incident.

Tagged with nicknames such as BBQ Becky and Permit Patty, white people who've reported black people for sitting in Starbucks, shopping at CVS, mowing lawns, playing golf, staying at an Airbnb or napping on a couch in a college dorm, are being publicly named, mocked and, in some cases, fired from their jobs.

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.

"I noticed we were being watched", Lewis told Newsweek.

"Why wouldn't they be okay", Lewis said he responded.

"B-W-B, which I guess is the new thing - babysitting while black", the children's father David Parker told CBS46.

"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. "They weren't crying, they weren't distressed", she said.

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