For six years in her 20s, Kiley Reid spent most of her days with toddlers — wiping chins, cutting crusts off bread, remembering their favorite songs. But the experience also got her thinking about how race and class interact in transactional relationships, and what it means to sell emotional labor. As Reid prepares to release her novel, she discussed mids angst, the effect of race and class on relationships, and more. Tell me where you got the idea for this book, and why you decided to write it. That just comes flooding back, no matter whether you like it or not, in certain interactions.
Kiley Reid’s Novel Is About Race and Class and Other People’s Children
'Babysitting While Black' Case: Woman Told Man 'Things Look Weird' | merenslasouleille.com
It was December and a sleep-deprived Doyin Richards was Christmas shopping with his young daughters at a mall in Los Angeles when he said he noticed a woman following him. Richards said as he moved from store to store with his fussy girls -- ages 2 and 5 months old -- for the next 15 minutes, the woman did, too. They were both having a meltdown, and instead of comforting me, or saying, 'It's ok, I get it, I've had kids before,' it was like, 'These kids are distressed and they're lighter than him, he must be trying to take them away from their mother. Richards never forgot that moment. That's why when video surfaced this week of a white woman calling the police on a black man who was babysitting white children, Richards was outraged -- but not surprised. For black dads across the country, that video captured two realities many say they have faced at some point: the assumption that black men don't take care of children and that they can have the police called on them for simply going about their daily lives.
In 'babysitting while black' video, black dads see echoes of reality they know all too well
A white couple whose black babysitter was followed by a white woman and questioned by police said they were in disbelief about the incident. David Parker and Dana Mango of suburban Atlanta told "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that an officer called them Sunday to verify that Corey Lewis, the family's longtime friend and babysitter, had been given permission to care for their children that day. Lewis had called," Mango said.
Dana Mango, Corey Lewis' friend, said, "It truly took me several minutes to believe that it was real". A white couple whose black babysitter was questioned by police after a white woman called are speaking out — and expressing saddened disbelief about the incident. David Parker and Dana Mango asked their longtime friend, Corey Lewis, to watch their children while they went out to dinner. Lewis took the children, ages 6 and 10, to Walmart.