Welp, it's a day that ends in
"why" "y," so there's a new white person in the "Calling the police on Black people for literally no reason" pantheon: Meet "Golfcart Gail."
The crime this time? Watching his kid play soccer. And also speaking while doing so, apparently.
It happened like this: A black gentleman in Ponte Verde, Florida was watching his child's soccer match when he saw his son become frustrated at a referee's call. He called out to his child, "The ref is right!" and that is the point at which Golfcart Gail had simply HAD ENOUGH. Sitting in the namesake golf cart in which she arrived, she called the police to report the father for harassment.
Fellow spectator Ginger Galore Williams posted a full account, including videos, to her Facebook page, titling it "SOCCER WHILE BLACK":
In her account, Williams said that the father offered to leave the game in order to avoid a conflict, and was packing up his belongings when Gail notified him that she was calling police because "she no longer felt safe with his threatening behavior."
Williams also stated that another parent had been ejected from the game earlier that day for causing a disturbance, resulting in a delay in the game--but no call to police. "Why weren't the police called? What was the difference?," Williams wrote. "I'll give you a guess."
For her part, Golfcart Gail's call seemed more motivated by the father's lack of willingness to further discuss the non-issue with her. Speaking to an officer, she says, "He got nasty with me," and tells him the father said, "I'm not talking to you anymore."
On social media, people were pretty firmly on the side of the father on the basis of what looks like clear racial bias:
@Msbmoran @ABC That's NOT a reason to call the police.— Hemp Honey (@Hemp Honey)1539737783.0
@Msbmoran @Hemp4Honey @sambroehl @ABC When parents assault the kids, call the cops and social services. NO ONE, yo… https://t.co/htRWQ7tRpS— Angelin Sydney (@Angelin Sydney)1539738863.0
@ABC @WCPO Anyone, slightly or in any way justifying this man having the cops called on him is a racist; simple and plain.— Benny F Powers (@Benny F Powers)1539739296.0
@JsKrug89 @TheBennyPowers @ABC @WCPO If you take away his skin color the cops would have never been called and that… https://t.co/NyII9QCTF9— Clinton Peterson Jr (@Clinton Peterson Jr)1539746625.0
@ABC *STOP IGNORING THIS*. Demand your local legislators make filing false police reports on people a crime. Enough… https://t.co/UgOk8sFq7r— Darryn M. Briggs (@Darryn M. Briggs)1539742189.0
@ABC The camera girl’s heavy breathing says it all. She shouldn’t have to be that scared.— ericabearica (@ericabearica)1539741823.0
@ABC @tanzinavega What in the entire hell is going on in America? This is misuse of the Officer’s time.— Rhetta “What Would Shaft Do” Hussein (@Rhetta “What Would Shaft Do” Hussein)1539795290.0
@ABC So she confirmed what he said but still called the cops anyway because she didn't like how he spoke to her....wth— MDS (@MDS)1539747238.0
@ABC Soccer sally didn’t like being dismissed by a POC.— Kate (@Kate)1539739840.0
Thankfully, after speaking with both Golfcart Gail and the dad, deputies told him "I don't have any reason to detain you."
In wrapping up her account of the incident, Williams no doubt speaks for scores of African-Americans in 2018: "Black lives matter. Don't ask me why I kneel."