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- Corey Lewis was babysitting his family friends’ children in Cobb County, Georgia, on Sunday.
- He said a woman asked to speak to the children, and when he refused, she called the police and followed him home.
- The children’s parents, David Parker and Dana Mango, told police that their children are part of Lewis’ youth program, “Inspired by Lewis.”
A black youth leader said he had the police called on him in Georgia over the weekend because he was babysitting two white children.
Corey Lewis told CBS46 that a white woman stopped him outside a Cobb County Walmart on Sunday and asked to speak with the children, ages 6 and 10, who he was watching.
When Lewis refused, the woman called the police and followed him home, Lewis said.
Officers then arrived at the home to question Lewis and called the children’s parents, David Parker and Dana Mango.
Parker and Mango told police Lewis is a family friend and their children are in his youth program, called “Inspired by Lewis.”
“I 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?’ and he said, ‘I’m sorry ma’am, that’s exactly what I’m saying,'” Mango told CBS46.
Mango and Parker believe the woman was harassing Lewis, as their children never showed signs of being in danger.
“For B-W-B, which I guess is the new thing – babysitting while black,” Parker told CBS46, referencing the racial profiling term “driving while black.”
Lewis recorded his interaction with police and uploaded the video to his Facebook page, where it now has more than 446,000 views.
“All because I got two kids in the backseat that do not look like me, this lady has took it upon herself to say that she’s going to take my plate down and call the police,” Lewis said. He posted a second Facebook video explaining the incident. “It’s crazy. … It’s 2018 and you see what I’ve got to deal with.”
Lewis’ youth leadership program offers one-on-one mentoring and social skills classes, according to its website.
The organization’s mission is “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.”