Fathering While Black? Yes, It’s Now Suspicious

I didn’t know ‘Strolling While Black’ was an issue – until now.

Donald Sherman, a lawyer and father, is confused and frustrated.

Sherman, who is African-American, was pushing a stroller carrying his baby, Caleb, at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park near the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. last week when racism took hold.

A white woman who was jogging past Sherman – for reasons that are still mind-boggling – called the police to report “a suspicious man walking the bike path with a baby.”

So weeks after two black men were arrested in Starbucks for planning a business meeting and three black women were harassed unnecessarily for checking into an AirBnb, Sherman is questioned by a law enforcement officer just because he wanted his baby to get some fresh air.

Sherman posted his account on social media last week:

“30 minutes into our stroll I got flagged by a security officer in one of those cars marked “Special Police” on the side. 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.”

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