Walmart Falsely Suspected White Father of Kidnapping His “Mixed” Kids

So, a security officer at Walmart falsely suspected a white father of kidnapping his “mixed” children; and, some of my friends are mad about it. One of my friends sent me the following story and asked that I share my thoughts. In their opinion, the following is yet another example of racial profiling gone bad. Only that they didn’t say it in those exact words. Instead, my friend said was, “What the Walmart security guard did to that poor white man was fucking racist!” Yes, she was pretty hyped and I guess with us being post-racial and all, she wanted me to join her in her moment of rage. I’m not sure if she wanted me to plan a march, a boycott of Walmart, or start a riot by throwing a garbage can through the window of a local pizzeria. But, I figured I’d share the story with you readers to help me decide how I should act. Having said that, check out the following story.

This from MyFOXdc:

WOODBRIDGE, Va. -A Prince William County man says he was suspected by Walmart security of possibly kidnapping his three young daughters — all because they aren’t the same race.Joseph, who doesn’t want his family’s last name revealed, and his wife Keana are an interracial couple. They have been married for nearly 10 years and have three daughters: a 4-year-old and 2-year-old

On Thursday evening, Joseph took all three girls to the Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to cash a check. He says they weren’t there long, but spent a few extra minutes in the parking lot while he buckled the girls in and then made a phone call.

Joseph says he then went to up his wife, Keana, and as they were arriving home, they were shocked to find a Prince William County police officer waiting for them.

“He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph says.

“I was dumbfounded,” says Keana. “I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’

“He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were.”

Joseph says the officer told them a Walmart security guard reported seeing him in the parking lot with the girls and thought it was strange.

Soon after the officer left, Keana called Walmart demanding an explanation. She says after asking to speak with a manager, she was transferred to a Walmart security officer who denied raising the alarm. The officer said it was a customer that came forward.

walmart-falsely-suspected-white-father-of-kidnapping-his-mixed-kids1Keana says she was told, “Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn’t think that they fit. And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don’t fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don’t match up.’”

Keana and Joseph say the incident at Walmart is troubling, but not surprising. They say throughout their courtship and marriage, they have been subjected to racism in various forms.

They say now that their daughters are in the picture, they are speaking out to help shed light on the ignorance that still exists. They want to show people that love sees no color, especially when it comes to family.

Walmart issued a statement saying: “There’s still a lot of unknowns at this time and we’re currently looking into the situation.”

Joseph and Keana say they will never shop at Walmart again.

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Okay, so I have a few thoughts. One, I’m happy that the police responded in a timely manner. The fact that they were at the couple’s home before they even got there is huge. Why? Because when black kids go missing, for some reason, the response isn’t as efficient. Grant it, I don’t know the socio-economics as it relates to the neighborhood; nor do I know if this may have influenced the response time. But that aside, let’s just say that the cops deserve some props for responding as quickly as they did to the possible kidnapping of three little black girls. If this were a real kidnapping — and let’s say the neighborhood were not so sunny — there’s a chance that they could have been held captive for ten years much like those women in Cleveland. So yes, for that reason I’m happy that Walmart security (or whoever) took it upon themselves to alert the police.

When cops fail to respond, the consequences can be dire as in this case:

Last August, a woman in Josephine County called 911 and pleaded with dispatchers to send police — “my ex-boyfriend is trying to break into my house. I’m not letting him in but he’s like, tried to break down the door and he’s tried to break into one of the windows.” The woman had good reason to be afraid of this man, as she told the dispatcher on the other side of the phone, this same abusive ex had put her in the hospital just a few weeks before. But the dispatcher has no one to send. Because the local sheriff’s department recently lost millions in federal funds, it laid off 23 of its 29 deputies and limited their availability to eight hours on Mondays through Fridays. The woman’s call to 911 took place on a Saturday.

With no deputies available, the 911 dispatcher transferred the woman to the state police — but they would not come rescue the woman either. In the words of the state police dispatcher, “I don’t have anybody to send out there. You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

Eventually, the ex-boyfriend, a man named Michael Bellah, pried open the woman’s front door. Choked her. And raped her. After he was caught, he plead guilty to kidnapping, assault, and sex abuse.

As for it being racist, or akin to racial profiling? Let’s just say that had they pulled him over by cops after being followed around Walmart by security under the suspicion of shoplifting because his kids are black (?). Well yeah, then I would say that you might have a good argument for throwing down a race card like it’s a big joker while playing spades. But RiPPa it’s 2013 and white men and women are having mixed kids! Sure they are and no, there’s nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately for them, we have pedophiles to blame for this hyper-vigilance and not racism. Yes I know this happened in Virgina; and yes, I know all about that state and the landmark court case, Virginia V. Loving. But like I said, this might be a tough break for the couple involved; but, it’s better be safe than sorry when it comes to the safety and of children no matter their race.