Alright! Earlier today as I was walking home on a side street that leads directly to my house. I approached a house with a dog in the yard. The dog didn’t have a leash on. The yard doesn’t have a fence on the side that I would have been walking pass. So I immediately turned left onto the connecting street.
A man sitting in his car rolled down his window as I walked pass. He asked me if I made the left because I saw the dog in the yard. I told him that I did. And that the dog didn’t look like it had a leash on. He told me that the dog (Diesel), a pit bull by the way, didn’t bite and that I would’ve been cool to walk by it. I’m like I don’t know about that my dude, that thing is huge. He laughed and I laughed then kept it moving.
As I continued to walk down the street while keeping my eye on the dog. I noticed that the dog paced left then paced right. Then all of sudden he ran around the fence in my direction. So I ran and jumped on the car that was closest to me. The car happened to be the owner’s of the dog. In the midst of me jumping on the car I put a dent on the roof of the car. The dog runs down the street and the lady chases after him. She came back and she’s heated that there is a dent in her car.
She irately tells me that the dog doesn’t bite and that she just got the car. But I told her that I don’t know hat dog and whether or not if it bites.
I also told her that I understood and I actually tried to reason with her. My initial reaction was to pay for the damage. So I gave her my name and phone number. But as I conferred with other people, they all reasoned with me that the damage wasn’t my fault and that it was hers. She should have had her dog on a leash. Or trained the dog not to leave the yard. Plus when I walked away I am not sure if I heard her say something about having me beat up, but when I turned around and said, “Huh!” she was already in the house.
My boy brought it to my attention that the whole situation would have been different if I was a Caucasian man. She would’ve more than likely apologized to me and showed humility. Instead she popped off at me since I am black. She showed more sympathy for an inanimate object over another human’s well-being. The dent in the car can easily be fixed. Scars to the flesh don’t heal as well.
My question to you is: Was I wrong? What would you have done in that situation?