MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A black legislative candidate says she feels humiliated after Madison police stopped her while she was campaigning door-to-door and questioned her.

The Capital Times reports someone called police in August after watching Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs knocking on doors. The 46-year-old Stubbs says she had to explain to the officer she was campaigning.

The officer’s report indicated the encounter ended amiably, with Stubbs sharing her cell number with the officer with an offer to help the officer improve race relations in Madison.

Still, Stubbs says she felt humiliated and degraded. She says it shouldn’t be strange that a black woman is knocking on doors in 2018.

Stubbs faces no opposition in the November general election, making her the first black woman to represent Dane County in the Legislature.

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Comments (2)
  1. Bill Olson says:

    Years ago, I called the police about a concern and the officer on the phone said “where’s the crime?” He refused to send an officer to investigate. I formed the belief then that the police will filter out baseless concerns from callers. But in cases involving black people (like sleeping in their dorm with their head on their text books or barbecuing in a public park), the presumption is that there has to be a crime being committed.

  2. You should at least name and shame the racist’s neighborhood. Maybe it really was just a one time honest mistake, or one racist old lady in that house down the block. We’ll never know without more data being recorded over a longer term and over a wider area of sources, to be researched later to determine patterns. Help a future researcher out, and ask the tough questions!