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Babysitting While White

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Babysitting While White

We've all heard of the expression, "driving while black."  But how about, "babysitting while white?"  A white grandfather and former journalist blogged about his experience of being detained by cops while walking with his black granddaughter.  The black person in me thought finally!  It's not a black man!  But, then I had to really think about this situation further.

We often hear about five-o pulling black people over for no apparent reason.  I've had black friends  tell me they were stopped by cops because they match the description of a criminal on the loose.  So when I read this article, I was kinda pleasantly surprised.  Then I thought about how this man's five year old granddaughter must have felt, and I had an about face.  How insensitive could I be?  I have a daughter of my own.  We count on the police to keep our children safe from child predators, but I hope that they'd do it with caution, and not scare our little ones.  It seems like that was not the case here.  The grandfather revealed how terrified the little girl became after being questioned by the officer.

Speaking of sex offenders, this guy could have been one.  But, he surely didn't deserve being cuffed. In his blog, Grits for Breakfast he also detailed having gone through being stopped and questioned while babysitting his granddaughter - not once, but twice.  Despite offering phone numbers to confirm their relationship, the cops ignored his plea.

This story does hit close to home.  While I haven't been detained by the boys in blue, I'm always asked if Princess is mine.  If I were to get held up by police like this guy did, I'd probably freak!

White or black, I'm sick of hearing about stories like this.  There are too many reports of innocent people being wrongfully detained, shot, and killed- all because they are racially targeted.

How do we stop this from happening?

Weather Anchor Mama



At February 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

This literally makes me sick to read, I am in total aww of this. Crap like this makes me so mad. I know they were "doing their job," but twice, and another OFFICER already stated she stopped them?!! I don't know how we can change things like this besides just making it known in the public and forcing the department to see their mistakes. BTW, the little girl in the story was so smart and observant!

At February 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Mrs. K said...

Interesting post. I just came across your blog and I think it's pretty neat. I'm also from Jamaica, in an interracial marriage and just had our first kiddo (a son). We are super duper excited but we know that it'll be challenging. Looking forward to following your blog and reading more about issues that concerns me too. Thx for sharing the above info.

At February 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

I know what you mean Jessica! I wanted to cry when the little girl asked, "Why don't they believe that your my grandfather." So sad. I'm so happy that no one got physical hurt.

At February 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Hi Mrs. K! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining my site!!! What part of Jamaica are you from? Congrats on your marriage and baby. Isn't it the best feeling ever?! I love being a wife and mom!!!

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