'Corey Lewis, a black man, was leaving a Subway in Marietta, Georgia, on Sunday with the two white kids he was babysitting when a white woman approached him. She asked if the kids were okay.
“Why wouldn’t they be okay?” Lewis responded, according to an interview with NBC News.
The woman didn’t relent, Lewis said. She followed him to his home — which Lewis recorded on Facebook Live — and, afterward, called the police on him.
Lewis called the incident “babysitting while black.” As he sees it, there’s simply no reason the woman called the police on him besides his race, because the kids were totally fine.
The children’s mother, Dana Mango, defended Lewis to the police. She recalled asking the officer, “Are you telling me that because a woman saw a young African-American male with two white kids that they were pulled over by the police?” The cop reportedly responded, “Yes, ma’am. I’m sorry, that appears to be what happened.”
“It doesn’t make sense in light of what happened,” Mango said. “They weren’t crying. They weren’t distressed.”
Lewis is a friend of the children’s parents and runs a youth mentoring group in Georgia. The woman who called the police on him has not been identified.
The story has drawn national attention as the latest example of “living while black” — when white people call the police on black people for no discernible reason other than suspicion due to their race.'
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