Black Babysitter Speaks Out After the Cops Were Called on Him & Everyone Needs to Hear His Message

Corey Lewis
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In a shocking story that proves that we still have a long way to go when it comes to treating others with dignity and respect, videos of an African American man being followed by a white woman after she saw the man babysitting two white children and then followed him home have gone viral.

Corey Lewis says that he and the two children he was caring for had gone to get Subway sandwiches, when an unidentified woman pulled up besides him and asked if "the kids were all right."  After Lewis questioned the woman on her unusual concern, she drove off but then circled back and continued to follow Lewis and the kids home, all while making a phone call to the police.

Now, Lewis is speaking out about his experience to CafeMom and tells us that his story is an example of how "people are still being judged off the color of their skin."

  • Corey Lewis works with kids for a living, which should have made his babysitting job on Sunday easy as pie.

    The business owner runs a mentoring program called Inspire by Lewis, which he describes to CafeMom as being "geared toward the development of social skills, etiquette, and character development for the kids within the community."

    On Sunday, Lewis was babysitting one of his longtime clients, Nicholas, age 6, and his sister Addison, age 10.

    "The little boy is one of my students, who is in the center Monday through Friday," he explains. "He’s been coming for the last two years and that’s how the relationship came about for them to ask me to babysit him," he says.

    The day should have been special. Lewis had even taken the kids out for lunch -- a treat -- when a case of racial profiling threatened his personal safety and terrified the children in his care.

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  • Lewis tells us that as he and the kids were about to get into his car, a white woman approached the vehicle to "check in."

    "We were coming out of the Walmart," Lewis says. "We were being watched by this lady and she felt like there was something wrong, something odd going on, so she approached me and asked if the kids were OK," he tells us. 

    "I replied with ‘Why wouldn’t they be?’ And she said, ‘I don’t know. It's just weird,'" he remembers.  

  • Lewis says that the woman decided to drive away but then thought better of it and circled back to ask Lewis if she could speak with Addison.

    "She asked if she could speak to the little girl to ask if she knew who I was," Lewis explains. "And I declined her request because she was a stranger to us."

    But apparently that wasn't the answer that the woman wanted to hear. "She got upset and said she was going to take my license plate number down and she ended up calling the police," he says. Then the woman proceeded to follow Lewis and the children as they went across the street to a gas station, which gave him cause for alarm. 

  • Lewis decided to take action and began to record the woman as she followed the group from the gas station to Lewis' home in Cobb County, Georgia.

    "That’s when I first started recording the first initial video. As we were leaving the gas station I noticed that she had begun to follow us," Lewis tells CafeMom.  "And that’s when I decided to make a stop at my home, which was nearby."

  • But things were about to get worse for Lewis and the kids. The woman had called the police to come investigate, terrifying everyone involved.

    In the footage Lewis filmed, police can be seen arriving at his home and asking to question the two children, who were visibly spooked. 

    The kids' parents, David Parker and Dana Mango, told ABC News that they were out to dinner when they received a call from a member of the Cobb County Police Department who asked them to verify that Lewis had been given permission to care for their children that day. 

    “It truly took me several minutes to believe that it was real. I was just in a state of disbelief,” Mango told reporters. 

    The mom explained that her kids later told her that they had been “scared that they would say the wrong thing and cause him to get arrested" and added that her children love Lewis like he was family. 

    “The officer was actually apologetic," Mango explained. "I think he was embarrassed. He saw what was happening pretty quickly, and after he spoke to me and confirmed that everything was all right, he let them go.”

    Both police and the woman who had followed the group home eventually left and the identity of the woman who made the emergency call has yet to be released. 

    Lewis tells us that he never meant for his videos to go viral. "The only reason why I shared it was because I wanted my small community of friends and family members to see what I was going through at the time," he says.

    But he hopes that by speaking out and sharing what happened to him, people can learn the harsh reality of what it means to be a person of color in 2018.

    "There is definitely a teachable moment aside from the reality of it," he says. "I would like people to know that in 2018 people are still being judged off the color of their skin, whether it’s black or whether it’s white or whether it’s brown or whatever it is. People are still being judged. And it’s not OK."

    Online, Lewis has received some criticism from people who think he was "race-baiting" or trying to start a "race-war," but that was clearly not the case. 

    "I never called anyone a racist," he says. "But when the 911 phone call came out, it was very clear that, the lady herself stated that she had a funny feeling because there was a black male with two white kids. Those were her own words." 

    As for Addison and Nicholas, Mango told ABC News that the kids have since asked their parents when Lewis can babysit for them next. 

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