'Babysitting while black:’ Woman calls police on male babysitter with white children

'Babysitting while black:’ Woman calls police on male babysitter with white children”

A white woman who spotted a black man babysitting two white children called police and then followed them home in Georgia.

The woman eventually called 911, and in an exchange captured by Lewis on Facebook Live, a Cobb County police officer pulled up to check on Lewis and the kids. "All because I got two kids in the back seat who do not look like me, this lady took it upon herself to say that she's going to take my plate down and call the police", Lewis said on his Facebook.

"I said are you saying that because there's an African American male driving my two kids who are white, 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 couple's 6-year-old son attends Inspired by Lewis, a mentoring program run by Lewis that aims to "provide enrichment to socially challenged youth by promoting positive character development, self-awareness and life skills that will cultivate our next generation of innovative leaders".

A representative from the Cobb County Police Department did not return Yahoo Lifestyle's request for comment. After asking whether the kids were OK and saying the situation looked "weird" to her, the woman followed Lewis and the kids, Lewis told GMA.

When Lewis refused, the woman called the police and followed him home, Lewis said.

His clientele is mainly white, he said, but up until Sunday, it had never occurred to him would give someone a reason to call the police on him.

The officer ended up calling Mango and Parker to confirm the children were allowed to be with Lewis.

Lewis' encounter is the latest in a number of high-profile incidents of alleged racial profiling, often when police are called to investigate as a black person is doing everyday activities.

Parker said that he wanted to give the woman the benefit of doubt, but that his children were having a good time with Lewis, and they were not in any apparent danger.

Lewis "had to go to a wedding for a week, and every day Nicholas asked when he was coming back", Mango said.

According to NBC, Mango questioned whether the woman was really concerned for her kids at all. "That's what's up", Lewis told the cop.

"You see these things, but they're like from a distance", he said.

Parker fumed that Lewis had been targeted for "babysitting while black".

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