A Virginia father claims he was targeted by security at a Walmart who thought he kidnapped his three daughters just because they are biracial.
Joseph, who did not want to identify his family’s last name, went into a Walmart store to cash a check on Thursday. When he returned home a Prince William County police officer was waiting for the family.
"He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph said.
Joseph has been married to his wife Keana for nearly 10 years. The interracial couple has three daughters — a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins.
"I was dumbfounded," said Keana. "I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’
"He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were."
The officer allegedly told Joseph that a Potomac Mills Walmart security guard saw him in the parking lot with the girls and thought it was unusual that his daughters appeared to be a different race.
Keana recalled the officer said, "Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn't think that they fit. And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don't fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don't match up.’”
The couple says they have seen their fair share of racism since they began seeing each other. Now that they have children, they want to speak out about the continuing ignorance they encounter and let people know that love sees no color.
A statement issued by Walmart said: "There's still a lot of unknowns at this time and we're currently looking into the situation."