Interracial Family's Visit to Walmart Prompts Investigation for Kidnapping

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 28th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/24b3mj6o/
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The racist treatment of people of color is never-ending in some places in America, the state of Virginia being one of them.

"They just don't match up"

A Virginia father of three, Joseph, who does not want his last name revealed, took his three daughters, a four-year old and twins, 2, to Walmart in Potomac Mills in order to cash a check on May 16, 2013. Joseph is a white man married to an African-American woman.

When he arrived home with his children, he was "shocked" to discover a Prince William County police officer waiting for him. Joseph told Fox News, "He asks us very sincerely, 'Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children you have are your own.'"

Joseph's wife Keana told Fox, "I was dumbfounded. I sat there for a minute and I thought, 'Did he just ask if these were our kids...? He took my I.D. and asked my four-year old to point out who her mother and father were."

The officer told the couple that Walmart security saw Joseph in the store's parking lot with the girls and "thought it was strange."

Keana called Walmart after the cop left and was put in touch with a security officer who blamed the whole incident on a customer. "Well, the customer was concerned," he said, "because they saw the children with your husband and he didn't think they fit.' and I said, "What do you mean they don't fit?"...and she says, "Well, they just don't match up."

Joseph and Keana say they will never set foot in a Walmart store again as long as they live. They are hoping they can turn the experience into a positive by working to raise awareness about racism and "love's ability to transcend skin color."

photo from alternet.org

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Jerry Walch
28th May 2013 (#)

Man, will you ever get tired of searching out this garbage? The concerned citizen made a mistake. Nothing more. Nothing less! Get a life. Write about the soap box derby. No matter, you could probably find something negative to write about that too.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

Now, Jerry, are you going to tell me there was no inherent racism involved here? How would you like it if you were married to an African-American woman and you took your kids to a Walmart and had the very same thing happen to you? Are you going to tell me you wouldn't be pissed. Look, I know you're going to find whatever you can to trash my opinions and everything I write because you're on this small, petty vendetta against me. Frankly, if I were you I'd find something better to do with my time.

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author avatar M G Singh
29th May 2013 (#)

Racism is not going away in America and the action of Walmart security only proves this

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

I hate to say it but I'm afraid you're right Madan. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar AnnH
29th May 2013 (#)

Another interesting post, racism is still very much apart of modern society, thanks for sharing Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

And thank you for commenting Gemstar99. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Trillionaire
29th May 2013 (#)

No matter what color you are people always find something about you that does not fit. But we never know who our children will marry. Sometime things have to happen in our lives for us to have a serious life change.

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author avatar Teila
29th May 2013 (#)

It is something to think about, I want to hope the concerned citizen was just that

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

But why would he be concerned in the first place?

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author avatar Trillionaire
29th May 2013 (#)

I really like your articles, you are so versatile. I am learning a lot. Thanks

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Trillionaire. That's a very nice compliment.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
29th May 2013 (#)

If there had been a recent report of a child abduction, or if the kids were acting in a way that made the staff concerned that the kids really were not his, then I can understand it and would actually be supportive, but if race was the only reason they thought the kids were not his, then that is a problem. Maybe they were adopted or something even.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

Exactly. Thanks for commenting Mark.

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author avatar Markthespark
29th May 2013 (#)

Hey guys, I'm from South Africa; I lived through apartheid as a youth and much of my adult life. if anyone wants to know about racism ask me. Remember apartheid was a law on the statute books in South Africa up until 1994, when democracy finally dawned! While the National Party happily went about believing their political system to be the best political solution for South Africa; I couldn't go to a cinema in white areas, (I was classified so-called coloured, neither white nor black ethnic African); I couldn't go to a restaurant in the city's white areas or see a movie (separate amenities act); My parents couldn't build a home in the white areas; (all the blacks and coloureds were clumped into "enclaves" together away from established white suburbs; I couldn't enjoy a park in the city; I couldn't sit on any park bench (which had inscribed on them "for whites only"); I couldn't swim at whites-only beaches (we use to drive past these pristine beaches -and I would ask my dad - why can't I swim there?); I couldn't attend just any university (I needed a permit which the authorities would decline anyway); I didn't have the vote for 31 years of my life - and so the list is endless. For black ethnic Africans must admit, the situation was even worse - many of them were displaced into "homeland" areas or "Bantustans". Thankfully the National Party who invented the system of separate development, came to their senses post-1990 (after many years of suffering of the wider majority who helped build the land) and we became a democracy. It was a most inhumane system; my young life and all the opportunities that go with it were denied me, and of course millions of disenfranchised blacks. We still suffer today because of it! Do I feel aggrieved? Right you are - but am trying to move on. Things are not perfect in SA at the moment, but we're much better off without APARTHEID I can assure you! Mixed marriages, as we called them in SA were OUTLAWED under the apartheid regime; couples who were involved in interracial marriages, or relationships had to flee South Africa - as the police would relentlessly pursue them. Sometimes when apartheid authorities were unsure of a person's race, they'd put a pencil in the person's hair. If the pencil stayed in, they would be classified non-white; if it fell out of the person's hair then they'd be passed white. So for people like Jerry they have to understand what people are capable of doing to others. Thanks Steve this story resonates with me and it is a sad indictment on a country that often prides itself on the fact that it is "free". I recall the period of white supremacism (I've seen Mississippi Burning" - Willem Dafoe) and the "apartheid" that black citizens in the US lived through in the Deep South. The truth, is we can change political systems, economic systems for the better, but unfortunately, we cannot change people's moral fibre very easily. It's down to a choice I suppose. But fortunately we can change governments, local authorities, who support these abominations. But we have to try to understand why people like Jerry say the things they do. I can understand Jerry if he is just highlighting the fact that in this day and age where abuse of children is rife; the lady at Walmart might be justified in her way of thinking. But the family is an interracial family; and where is the proof that she really was thinking about the children's safety? However, fact remains the gentleman is their father - and hence the argument leans towards possibly racist undertones. We all have to face the facts: Racism will never be wiped off the face of the earth - but we need to speak out against it - as simply put, it is just wrong and people need to be reminded about it. Maybe Jerry should start thinking about it. Thanks Steve for your post - I find your subject matter enthralling as there is much I need to learn about America; and is a great knowledge booster. I'm astounded by your prolific writings. And Jerry keep an open mind... we need constructive engagement; not of a destructive nature. Cheers

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author avatar Jerry Walch
29th May 2013 (#)

You know nothing about Jerry or what Jerry thinks about racism. You are making assumptions based on what I said here about the concerned citizen possibly having a right to be concerned based on all the Amber Report in effect in the VA area. One should not make assumptions, Markthepark, because assuming anything can do nasty things to everyone involved.

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author avatar Markthespark
29th May 2013 (#)

Not sure why you're getting so uptight, Jerry. did you not see the comment : "I can understand where Jerry might be coming from... and then state my own opinion. Put yourself in the father's shoes - and the family's for once. Do we for one minute stop to think how they must feel? I did not say it was a racist incident unequivocally - but there's still a lot of hurt that was caused. you don't really make your views clear on racism. Neither do you make any reference to my post in what I had to experience in apartheid South Africa. Imagine going 31 years of your life without being able to vote and being treated like a third-class citizen because of your skin colour, my friend. Assumptions, opinions, comment, it's what you find every day in a free-er South Africa. When last I checked America still upholds those kinds of freedoms ...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
29th May 2013 (#)

I'm not "uptight" as you put it with you but disgusted with Steve who goes out of his way to write anything negative that he can about government, big business and anything else that will place him in the spotlight.Anyone that supports his unfounded judgements, especially if they try comparing South Africa to the United States, will come into my cross-hairs as well.

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author avatar Markthespark
29th May 2013 (#)

You have a right to express your gripes or opinion and we all should understand, respect and accept that. So I understand where you are coming from. We often say in SA: "Let's have the debate."I can never compare South Africa to the US; I was just highlighting how inhumane racism can be - it was a law for many decades on our statute books. Anyways, I have read your articles too earlier - and they are certainly thought-provoking, interesting and incisive and am reading articles like yours and Steve with much interest to educate myself. Will follow them. Cheers

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th May 2013 (#)

Makthespark, thank you for shedding light on what racism does. I am indebted to you.

As for Jerry, he is consumed by his hatred for me, and he will attack anyone who supports me - put them in his cross-hairs, as he says.

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author avatar AnnH
30th May 2013 (#)

Steve I understand your style of writing, you might seem controversial to some folks, there are some important facts in many of your articles, in fact I think your articles are very educational, realistic and very current, keep doing what you do, I admire and appreciate your work..... :-)))

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Gemstar99. Your support means a great deal to me.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Jun 2013 (#)

Racism is wrong no matter who you are. It's sad that this had to happen. :-(

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Starrleena.

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