White Grandpa Arrested for Walking with Black Granddaughter
Former journalist wrote about his experience on popular blog.
A white grandfather says he wound up in cuffs after being accosted by police, all for walking home with his black granddaughter.
Scott Henson, a former journalist who now researches for and blogs about the criminal justice system, wrote about the experience on his popular blog, "Grits for Breakfast."
Henson, who describes himself as "an almost stereotypical looking white Texas redneck," said he was walking home from a roller skating rink with his 5-year-old granddaughter Ty, who is African-American, on Friday night.
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On the blog, Henson explains the relationship. Ty's mother is his goddaughter, and Henson and his wife often find themselves "tasked with unplanned impromptu babysitting duties, like hundreds of other parents and grandparents around Austin."
That night, Henson opted to walk home from the rink instead of having his wife come pick up him and Ty.
"This was a terrible mistake on Grandpa's part," he said.