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 to have 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 pass it. I’m like I don’t know about that my dude, that thing is huge.
I continued to walk down the street while keeping my eye on the dog. The dog paces left and paces 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 comes 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.
I 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?