While America has made tremendous strides in stamping out its racist path, apparently this nation still has quite a ways to go — at least if you are judging from a recent 911 call in Georgia.
Corey Lewis, a 27-year-old African American male who was babysitting two white children, found himself the subject of an emergency call made outside a Walmart in Marietta, Georgia. The caller? A concerned woman who simply got a “funny feeling” after seeing that a black male was actually with two white children.
“Hi there, I’m in the Walmart parking lot at Barrett Parkway and I just got my nails done and I see this black gentleman with these two little white kids and so I just had a funny feeling,” the woman told the 911 operator in Cobb County.
The woman then told authorities that she went up to the man to ask him how he knew the children, as if African Americans should not be permitted to associate with white people.
“And I said, ‘Are these kids OK? Do you know these kids?’ And he goes, `Why wouldn’t I?’ and I said, `I wouldn’t know,’” the woman told dispatch “Let me see the little girl and he said, `No.’ Let me see the girl and just see that she knows you.”
The woman then followed the man and two children to a gas station while she waited for police to arrive.
Instead of being a kidnapper like the woman feared, Lewis runs a Marietta youth mentorship program called “Inspired by Lewis”.
“For someone to feel like I was doing something wrong because I was working is just hard to describe,” Mr. Lewis said.
Dana Mango, the mother of the children told Good Morning America that she was in shock by what had happened.
“We were at dinner, and I saw that Mr Lewis had called. I called back and a police officer answered the phone. The police officer was trying to explain that he was there with my kids and that they were OK, but he wanted to confirm that I had given permission to Mr. Lewis to be with them,” Mango said. “It truly took me several minutes to believe that it was real. I was just in a state of disbelief,” she added.
A recording of the 911 call can be heard below: