- A black candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly had the police called on her last month while she was canvassing with her mother and daughter in what she described as a predominantly white community in Madison.
- Sheila Stubbs, who went on to win her primary election a week later, was talking with voters and handing out campaign materials when an officer arrived to question her.
- “It was just so degrading,” Stubbs told Madison’s Cap Times newspaper. “It was humiliating. It was insulting.”
Shelia Stubbs, a 46-year-old black candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly, was canvassing last month with her 71-year-old mother and 8-year-old daughter in what she described as a predominantly white neighbourhood in Madison when a community member called the police on her, The Cap Times reported on Wednesday.
The man who called the cops indicated that he suspected the three were engaged in drug-related activity.
“THINKS THEY ARE WAITING FOR DRUGS AT THE LOCAL DRUG HOUSE – WOULD LIKE THEM MOVED ALONG,” the notes from the 911 call read, according to The Cap Times.
Stubbs, who has spent 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, was knocking on doors and handing out campaign materials to voters in the neighbourhood when an officer arrived to question her.
“It was just so degrading,” Stubbs, who went on to win her primary election the following week, told The Cap Times of the incident. “It was humiliating. It was insulting.”
She added: “I didn’t do anything to make myself stand out. I felt like they thought I didn’t belong there.”
Stubbs declined to identify to The Cap Times which neighbourhood she was canvassing when the cops were called – the information was not disclosed in the police report, according to the newspaper – but said it was a predominantly white community.
Stubbs does not face a Republican opponent in the general election and is set to become the first black representative of Dane County in the state’s legislature. She described the experience of being racially profiled as one of the most difficult in her life.
“I’ve worked so hard. This is something I’ve always wanted,” she told The Cap Times. “I wasn’t going to allow someone to take that, but it puts a hole in your heart, and it takes so long to mend it.”
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