Babysitting While Black: White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Babysitting White Children

A white woman called the police on a black man who was babysitting two white children in Georgia, the man claims.

Corey Lewis told Newsweek that he was babysitting two white children on Sunday, October 7, when a woman pulled up next to Lewis's car at a Walmart parking lot in Marietta, Georgia. Lewis said he took the children to get lunch at the Subway restaurant inside the Walmart when the woman approached him and the children and asked if the children were OK.

"I noticed we were being watched," Lewis told Newsweek. "She asked if the kids were OK. I said, 'Why wouldn't they be?' She gave me a smirk and then left."

Lewis said the unidentified woman circled the parking lot and then asked to speak to the little girl to see if they were OK. Lewis said no, and the police were called. He told Newsweek he left the parking lot to get gas when he noticed the woman was following him.

In one Facebook Live video, Lewis talked about the incident and that the woman was now following him.

"I just came from Walmart, we ate at Subway, went to get some gas, and that lady followed me home. Because I have two kids that don't look like me," Lewis says in the video.

Lewis, who owns a youth program in Marietta and holds an after-school program for children in the community, told Newsweek the children live nearby and he went to his home for safety. In the second Facebook Live video, the police officer talked to Lewis and then asked to speak to the children.

"I work with kids every day," Lewis can be heard telling the police officer.

The children's parents, David Parker and Dana Mango, told CBS46 they were shocked over the incident.

"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 CBS 46.

Newsweek reached out to the Cobb County Police Department for comment on the incident but did not hear back in time for publication.

Lewis told Newsweek that he did not speak to the woman or file a police report after the incident. He said the experience has made him think about similar racial profiling incidents that have occurred this year. Although he claims not to be a political person, Lewis said the incident makes him want to talk about these kinds of issues to prevent them from happening again.

"It is overwhelming to see how other people are oblivious to the reality in today's society," Lewis said.

Customers shop at Walmart, in Chicago, on January 11. A man says a white woman followed him out of a Walmart parking lot in Marietta, Georgia, while he was babysitting two white children on Sunday. Scott Olson/Getty Images