Growing up black in America is not easy. According to a recent research based on everyday events, many Americans are biased and prejudiced when it comes to skin color. Devastating is the fact that this type of prejudice is still present even in the year of 2018. White people have the courage to call 911 on black people for no apparent reason, such as sitting at ‘Starbucks’ without ordering anything, purchasing a $350 belt and being questioned to explain how you can afford that, having a barbecue by a lake, and a bunch of other banal reasons. But what is even more concerning is the fact that the police actually responds to these accusations and black people are forced to justify their everyday actions and their presence just because they are black.
The most recent case that sparked outrage is a woman from Atlanta, Georgia, who has been accused of ‘racial profiling’ for calling the police on an African-American babysitter of two white kids, a 10-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother.
The woman assumed something was wrong just because the babysitter and the kids had different skin color. She insisted to speak to the children and make sure they were all right. After she was asked to back up by the babysitter Corey Lewis, she decided to follow him home and call the police.
When the police approached, Corey started filming the whole thing. He posted the video on his Facebook account on Sunday, and since then it was viewed by more than 600,000 people. Everyone who got to see the footage said they were sorry because of what happened to Corey who runs the mentoring programme for young people ‘Inspired By Lewis.’
Corey says that even though he didn’t do anything, the police was there and he had to explain things, and that was just crazy.
He can be heard explaining how he has been harassed by the woman who wanted to check on the kids and how he didn’t do anything wrong. He just took them out to lunch and that was it.
“Why wouldn’t they be OK? No on is screaming, no one is running, no one is trying to escape.”
The police officer asks to speak to the children and tells them to step out of the car. The children are totally confused and even scared and tell the officer how Cory is their mentor officer and a babysitter. They explain how the lady was following them. The police officer then calls the kids’ parents David Parker and Dana Mango. The mother couldn’t believe what was going on and 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?’ to what the police officer answered ‘I’m sorry ma’am that’s exactly what I’m saying.'”
I hope this story will make people aware on how prejudice and discrimination can hurt and affect people and how we should treat each other with respect no matter our social and cultural background, our level of education, or the color of our skin because we are all people, and we are all the same.