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A parental visitation supervisor, Byron Ragland, recently arranged a meeting between a mother and son at a frozen yogurt shop in Kirkland.

While the two visited, Ragland waited at a nearby table. Employees at the shop got antsy seeing Ragland — an African American — sitting by himself and called police.

When the cops arrived, they told Ragland to leave, despite his explanation for being there. A lot of people are second guessing the situation, insisting Ragland should have done something differently. Given the racial profiling that so many black people experience day in and day out, maybe the responsibility lies elsewhere; with the police and with those white Americans who equate black with something sinister and dangerous.

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