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White Woman Notifies Security of Black Man Pushing His Son in a Stroller

A Washington, D.C., area father claims he was racially profiled while with his child in a park.

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Amid almost daily reports from across the country of white people calling the cops on Blacks for activities like napping and buying prom outfits, a Black father claims that security was notified of a "'suspicious man' walking on the bike path with a baby" while he pushed his son in a stroller in a Washington, D.C., area park.


Donald Sherman, a lawyer based in D.C., explained in a Facebook post that on Thursday he stayed home with his son, Caleb, who had a fever. He wanted Caleb to get some fresh air, so he took his son for a walk in Kingman and Heritage Island Park, near their home.

"Thirty minutes into our stroll I got flagged by a security officer in one of those cars marked 'Special Police' on the side," Sherman wrote. "I was a bit confused as to whether she was looking for me to stop but she honked twice and pulled over so I got the picture.

"She told me that she received a complaint from someone who said there was a 'suspicious man' walking on the bike path with a baby. She said that when the complainant was asked to describe my race, she declined.

"Nevertheless, this person, a white lady on a bike who veered off as Caleb and I were walking in her direction, saw fit to report me to security."

Sherman said his interaction with the security officer was "pleasant" and that she just wanted to inform him of what happened.

"If this complaint had been made to a different security officer or an actual cop, things could have gone very differently," he wrote.

"This is exactly why we have to talk about white privilege and why Black lives matter.

"Because at any point doing any thing anywhere my safety and my child's safety could been in jeopardy because some well intentioned complaint."

"Are white folks losing their minds?" Christian N. Henderson wrote in response to Sherman's post. "This is getting frightening and developing too fast. Thank you for maintaining your cool."

The Conversation (37)
20 May, 2018
Just think of all the youth locked up in our system , for someone else’s crime , or no crime at all , for centuries.
20 May, 2018
Thank God for the gentlemanliness in you otherwise things could turned ugly irrespective of the type of the security. Racial profiling is just getting worse each day.
19 May, 2018
White people are calling the police on black people for anything because they know that there is a strong possibility that the call can become tragic based on the many violent confrontations that have occured simply upon the arrival of the police from the call. So the call is made in hopes that from absolutely nothing criminal taking place a killing beat down or lockup by the police of the innocent black person may still occur. It's called conspiracy by the understanding of the obvious result of black peoples encounter with mostly white police becoming death or the destruction of a that black person. It's simply evil and every person that makes that false call should be charged and fined heavily then it would stop!
Georgia S. McDade18 May, 2018
Thanks for saying these incidents are not new. Such incidents take place all over the country every day. The cameras sometimes make a difference. What, for instance, changed with Rodney King? How many persons have been killed by police who were exonerated? But, at least, more folks know more about the frequency of incidents; more folks report incidents; more folks are outraged. Occasionally there is real justice. Thank you.
18 May, 2018
News flash. White people this ISN'T new. This has been goin on since 1776 for some reason white America has been tellin us its all in our heads. The only thing new about this is it being recorded and u finally believing black Americans... Ur admission to this is the only thing thats new... It only took 242 years but who counting am i right??? Baby steps baby steps.
Evelyn Miller18 May, 2018
This must be the newest form of sick fun for racist White people. Call the cops to report a Black person doing an ordinary thing (shopping, golfing, eating, waiting, walking, talking, sleeping, reading, standing) then run away. And people wonder why some Black folks are less than gracious towards White people. Maybe people of color should start calling police on White folks for making us uncomfortable. See how well that'll go over. BLM
18 May, 2018
Just today my grand daughter was playing with some white kids in my apartment comlpex.when a neighbor over heard one of the older white kid telling my grand daughter.she cant be a leader only a slave for she is black..My husband who is also white called him out on it ...the kid said it was all a jokebut he told him no its not accepted and not a joke!
17 May, 2018
I think us Black folks should just start calling the cops on white folks for absurd reasons. Call the cops,there's a white person sitting on a bench!!
17 May, 2018
Why do white people do this please white people who is reading this please tell me why.
17 May, 2018
This is absolutely ridiculous. What a very sad society.
17 May, 2018
A lot of assumptions on the part of this guy. #1 caller refused to identify the race of the suspect. #2 Mr. Sherman assumes that the caller was a white woman on a bike that "veered off as Caleb and I were walking in her direction, saw fit to report me to security." #3"If this complaint had been made to a different security officer or an actual cop, things could have gone very differently," he wrote. How does he come to these conclusions? Me I will take sh%t that never happened for $500 Alex.
17 May, 2018
This is a practice of whites that is getting light shed on it . Many years ago as a NYC police dispatcher I would get calls of a suspicious person walking down the street. It would be a black person walking in a white neighborhood. This was in NYC so this is nothing new. Because we have cellphones light is being shed on this behavior
17 May, 2018
This is how it started in Germany, I got to say this, every black person need a fire arm! Whether u are a felon or not, Trump's racist base is growing everyday we see black & people of color harrassed daily. I walked though Roland Park in Baltimore to pick my dad up from work. And a private neighborhood security officer stop me and ask where was I going. Well I kept walking and he kept following. I knew I put my life in this person hands. When I got to the store my dad, worked at he got out the car, and then I told him I will die first before I feel like a 2nd class citizen, when my people paid with their lives for me to go anywhere. Just like they feel about their 2nd amendment rights. I will never step back in fear of some white fools, who think this is just their country hell no!!!
17 May, 2018
Truly said but happens every single day now.....
17 May, 2018
This is sad ...I see this as being a new way to have that slavery crap pushed in on a newer open way to the viewers eyes...This is why MLK should have been fighting for the rights of thee African/Mixed race can have their own in America as the next culture that lives in America...These Europeans that are so big on putting thee African culture down...Do they not see the dark skin color in Chinese folks;Indians,Italians ,thee Irish yet I never hear these cultures calling any of their people your black your white...They see no color with in the people of their culture...They get what they want in America and thee African /mixed race has to go around as if the color on their body is not fit to be around...But that would mean the world of ppl has a sycological problem due to thee other cultures that share thee same skin color....So I went above skin to see how else ppl would differ those with the same color of different cultures is the hair that would make a culture fall the way the high up has labeled cultures to fall in the category the way the do...And that is why thee African/Indian/mix race get treated very unfairly...This is why no one should fight to be apart of a culture jus to be able to have the same means to build and create your own for your own culture...Do anyone see the Chinese,Idiand,Mexicans fighting to be apart of a European culture...No...They came here to build and create things for their own culture...Slave folks have to get away from that MLK fight...We need a different Fight I want my ppl to have their own jus as thee next culture in America...We have those rights as well...We should not be singled out...Perhaps if they stop singling folks out they would n'thave so much fear in their hearts...I jus hope this mess will get better before it gets any worse...Because all I see coming out of this if it keeps up is nothing more than a bunch of innocent lives being taking over a bunch of slavery fear in folks heart...
17 May, 2018
COCKAZOIDS...........
17 May, 2018
That's why I do not give them the time of day. I treat them just like the trash that has been thrown to the ground. Like they aren't there on shouldn't be givin any of my time. They look and sound stupid as hell doing this. Even the Hawaiians hate white people and call them "howlee" white pigs. Trust me they are liars and thieves too.
17 May, 2018
This was hardly “well intentioned.” It sounds more like a malicious and vindictive act on the caller’s part to hurt the dad for taking up “her” space on the sidewalk. She lied about the “suspicious” part to manipulate the police/security guards into harassing him. It’s the kind of thing sociopaths do to inflict needless pain on others with no remorse.
16 May, 2018
Enough is enough! We white people need to be cited for false accusations.
16 May, 2018
Law enforcement all over the country needs to get wise to these bigoted clowns who are using them to harass black people. Was there any report of a baby being kidnapped in that area? If not, why did she even respond? What is so "suspicious" worthy of a "driveby and look-see," about a man walking on a bike path with a stroller? To see if a crime was being committed? Use common sense

Black Men Get Candid About Mental Health

Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.

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Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.

But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.

Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.

NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.

The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.

Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.

Related Story: Black Men Defy the Racist Stigma That Says Their Trauma is Their Own Fault

On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.

He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Related Story: Taraji P Henson on Mental Health: We're Demonized for Expressing Rage for Traumas We've Been Through

Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.

Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.

Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.

These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.

And talking about it helps.

Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."

Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.

Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.

Reader Question: Why do you think Black men struggle to speak openly about their how stress impacts their mental health?

Dunkin' Donuts Employee in Maine Refused to Serve a Somali Model, Then Called the Cops

"This is America 2018 right here. Racism and discrimination," Hamdia Ahmed said.

A Maine Dunkin' Donuts employee refused to serve model Hamdia Ahmed, and her family, for speaking Somali and then called the police on them.

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A woman dubbed #GasStationGail called the police on a group of peaceful Black protesters, which included children, as they denounced violence in their Charleston community outside of a local gas station.

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UPDATE: Man Found Guilty of a Lesser Charge for Shooting at Black Teen

Brennan Walker testified: "I turned back and I saw him aiming at me ... I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot."

The jury at Oakland County Circuit Court in Michigan found Jeffrey Craig Ziegler, age 53, guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

They deliberated less than three hours on Friday after closing arguments, where the prosecutor, Kelly Collins, argued that Ziegler "was the danger," not the teen. Brennan Walker narrowly escaped fatal injury because Ziegler forgot to turn off the safety on his 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun. The video showed he was unable to immediately fire at first, and police confirmed the safety was initially on.

Ziegler's attorney, Robert Morad, argued his client was firing a warning shot in the air one time and never chased after Walker.

The original charge was assault with intent to murder, punishable by up to life in prison, but Ziegler was convicted on the lesser charge and faces up to 10 years in prison.

He showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Lisa Wright, Walker's mother, cried as the verdict was read. She had accused Ziegler of taking actions that were racially motivated. Her friend Carin Poole said justice was served "in some way."

Related Story: White Man Who Shot at Lost Black Teen and Called Him 'Colored' Stands Trial

Poole also said the hope was for a more serious charge.

According to a study done by the Equal Justice Initiative:

White defendants were 25 percent more likely than black defendants to have their most serious initial charge dropped or reduced to a less severe charge; approximately 15 percent more likely than similar black defendants to be convicted of a misdemeanor instead. White defendants with no prior convictions were over 25 percent more likely than black defendants with no prior convictions to receive a charge reduction.

Ziegler testified that he thought Walker was an adult, at 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and that "instinct" made him grab his gun to protect his wife.

Walker testified: "I turned back and I saw him aiming at me... I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot."

Morad said outside of court that the home security video could appear to show Ziegler was firing in Walker's direction, but said the shot goes away from where the teen was running.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said, "That's just completely unacceptable on every level. I don't know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn't pass the muster," said Bouchard.

Judge Wendy Potts revoked Ziegler's bond and ordered him to jail pending sentencing Nov. 13.

Reader Question: When sentencing happens in a month, how much time in do you think Ziegler will be sentenced to?

White Man Who Shot at Lost Black Teen and Called Him 'Colored' Stands Trial

Shooter on trial might face life in prison, if convicted.

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Jeffrey Zeigler, who is on trial for shooting at a lost Black teen in Rochester Hills, Mich., watched as his wife, Dana, broke down in tears in Oakland County Circuit Court on Tuesday, while testifying about the April 12 shooting, and watching a video of the incident.

Dana said she was frightened when she saw Brennan Walker, a 14-year-old Black teen, on her porch.

"What are you doing on my porch?" she recalled. "I saw a Black person standing at my door and I screamed at him, and I asked him what he was doing there."

Her report to police: "A Black male was trying to break into her house and her husband chased after him into the yard."

The video shows Zeigler aiming at the teen, despite the claims that he tripped and his gun fired.

Prosecutor Kelly Collins said that "being a bad shot does not negate one's intentions."

Walker, then age 14, had missed his bus to school that morning and came to the Zeigler's door for help. After his wife screamed, Zeigler fired a shotgun at the teen, but missed him.

Zeigler had referred to Walker, in an interview with a sheriff's deputy, as "that colored kid" at his front door. The defense initially claimed it was the interviewing officer who said "colored."

Zeigler also said he was "tired of being a victim."

His attorney, Rob Morad, has said that "race was not a factor in the shooting, but rather actions from passion instead of judgment," Morad told jurors. He said the couple had five previous break-ins and were on "high alert."

Walker's mother, Lisa Wright, who was also in tears in the courtroom watching the video of her son flee for his life, said that she believed the shooting was a hate crime and that she wanted to see the prosecution push this to the fullest extent.

In April, she said that she believed this was racially motivated. After watching a video near the time of the incident, she said: "You can hear the wife say, 'Why did these people choose my house?' Who are 'these people?' "

Walker testified that after he knocked on the front door, which is behind a screen door, Zeigler's wife accused him of trying to break in.

"I was scared," he testified. "I was trying to tell them that I was trying to get to high school, but they weren't listening."

Zeigler was arrested and released on $50,000 bond and ordered to wear a tracking device. He was charged with assault with intent to murder, which could lead to life in prison, Oakland County District Attorney Jessica R. Cooper said, along with use of a firearm in a felony.

Zeigler also has a conviction for firing a handgun at another motorist during a dispute in 2004.

Reader Question: Watching the video, would you say Zeigler is innocent or guilty of intent to murder?

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UPDATE 10/12/2018: In proper Twitter fashion, amateur sleuths came out of the woodwork to ensure that the world would know the real person behind this atrocious act. Meet Teresa Sue Klein aka #CornerstoreCaroline. And apparently Teresa does have ties to the police. However, she was on the wrong end of the law and not an actual police officer. The gluteal-challenged woman has a criminal record and may even be a sex offender. Shame on her.

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Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee sent a Facebook message about Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids, who is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep Kevin Yoder for the 3rd congressional district seat in Kansas.

"The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation."

Emily's List posted on Twitter in response: "This racist, homophobic language is totally unacceptable. We're proud to stand with her & to help elect her." They've since promoted her, and another Native American candidate Deb Haaland of New Mexico.

Davids responded that the message "doesn't represent Kansas values, and it doesn't represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign."

On Wednesday, Kalny resigned. "He reflected an apologetic attitude and didn't want to bring negative attention on the party or candidates running in this area," Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Jones said.

No word on an official apology from Kalny to Davids yet. The hateful message was sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women's north chapter, who had posted "hostile" messages on candidate Yoder's page in this fiery election race.

Davids, a LGBT lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, could become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, if she wins, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.

She is a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation ("People of the Big Voice"), which had historically been forcibly separated and relocated out of Wisconsin several times by the U.S. government.

Kalny, when questioned about his message by local media, said he needed to talk to his attorney and hung up the phone.

He also resigned from his position on the board of directors for the Kansas City Barbecue Society citing "personal reasons."

C.J. Grover, a spokesman for Yoder, denounced Kalny's comments:

"Kevin (Yoder) doesn't believe this type of rhetoric is appropriate at all. It's unacceptable," Grover said. "These kind of nasty personal attacks are all too prevalent in politics these days, and it needs to stop."

Davids has shown up in pre-election polls as leading Yoder by as much as 8 percent. She also faces Chris Clemmons, a libertarian candidate, on Nov. 6. Voter registration ends on Oct. 17, less than one week away.

UPDATE: Swift Sways an Uptick in Voter Registration That Has Never Been Seen

Taylor Swift's post did more than tick off alt-righters. It motivated newer voters to register in a big way.

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Typically, there is an uptick in voting registration that occurs right before elections, but according to Vote.org Chief Operating Officer Raven Brooks, "…this absolutely has been a massive 48-hour period for us and I would attribute it in large part to her. We would've had elevated traffic from normal because of registration deadlines happening this week, but this is an order of magnitude greater than anything we've seen to date."

In the first 24 hours after Swift's post, the site had 155,940 visitors — a leap from the 14,078 average daily visitors. Sixty-five thousand new registrations, mostly ages 18-29, in that one day resulted. The number of registrations climbed to over 200,000 since Sunday.

By comparison, the group said 56,669 new voters registered in August and 190,178 registered in September. In October 2016, there were 405,149 new registrations on Vote.org for the whole month.

In the 36 hours after Swift's post, Tennessee tracked 2,144 new voter registrations, bringing the total up to 7,554 in October — a large increase from 2,811 registrations in September and 951 in August.

"One thing is clear, we're seeing a massive surge in the 18 to 24 and 25 to 29 voters, which is her fan demographic. The 18 to 24 number almost doubled overnight," Vote.org spokesperson Kamari Guthrie said. "Taylor Swift's visibility on this issue is driving a lot of coverage of voter registration, and it's reaching many of her fans who would not otherwise be following news like this."