Babysitting While White

Abby Zimet

The surreal saga of Scott Henson, a journalist, political consultant and blogger - Grits for Breakfast and Huevos Rancheros - on the criminal justice system in Texas who was stopped by Austin police in nine patrol cars with flashing lights, handcuffed and questioned at length for walking his five-year-old granddaughter home from a roller-skating rink. Henson is white; his granddaughter is black. It's not the first time he has been stopped with her. Evidently, we - and most notably the police - have a long way to go before achieving a post-racial, un-paranoid, non-authoritarian America.

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