Yo Nanny, There’s a Posse After You

Our favorite vigilante site Mommy blog, I Saw Your Nanny, has this wonderful tattletale nugget today:

ISYN: This afternoon, (4/23) at Cadman Plaza park in Brooklyn Heights at around 4PM. A little boy between two and a half and three, light brown hair and hazel eyes, rosy cheeks, wearing army green and navy striped t shirt, light blue and white kind of train engineer striped pants and navy blue shoes. I think he said his name was Devon — I can’t be sure. He was wandering on his own in the woods toward Cadman Plaza West and on the pavement by the war memorial at the north part of the park for quite a while with no supervision. A woman walking her dogs asked me if he was with me as I got my own kid strapped in the stroller to leave the park. It took a good five minutes for his nanny, a thick, dark skinned black woman, possibly with braids, in a black t-shirt over a white t-shirt with black pants or jeans, to appear. And he might have been wandering alone for a good five minutes or so before that. She finally came up from somewhere on a bench in the middle of the astroturf area all the way up to where he had wandered by the war memorial and took him away without making eye contact with me.

Whatever happend to the no snitchin’ movement?

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  • anon

    Wow. The overt racism in this post literally just made my head explode. I hope dark-skinned black people sneak into your brownstones and steal your white women and children.

  • Eric

    ISYN is meant to inform parents of poorly performing nannies. Describing a person’s physical appearance is not racism, especially when said description is meant to identify said person to a third party.

    racism: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

    a statement, picture in words, or account that describes; descriptive representation.


  • Jonas Von Groucheau

    I believe Homer’s point about that site is what anon says. The profiling on that site is far beyond mere description. If it weren’t so tragic, that nanny site would be funny in its predicability.

  • HDEB

    Woods in Cadman Plaza park? Do a few trees equal woods for born and bred city folk?
    I agree with Eric’s view that physically describing someone is not racism. Modern political correctness has taught us to be afraid to mention someone’s race when describing them, IMO this is overly sensitive, people do have physical characteristics.

  • Screech

    >>>Modern political correctness has taught us to be afraid to mention someone’s race when describing them, IMO this is overly sensitive, people do have physical characteristics.<<<<

    Still there’s no lack of demagoguery on that site.

  • AliG

    I think the description of her behaviour is what’s important here, folks.

  • rocco

    I, for one, would want to know. Having said that, it can’t be expected that a nanny will care for a child the same way loving parents will. If I thought this was my nanny (I don’t have any young children) I would have to reflect on the need for a nanny in the first place, rather than punish or fire the woman. JMO

  • Norman E-Mailer

    I’m not particularly PC, but the identification of her skin color rubbed me the wrong way, too, possibly because the author made no mention at all of the boy’s skin color.


  • cranberry mom

    I see these nannies everyday. they are the lowest life form on earth. I cant believe people leave their most of them.

  • bornhere

    Wow, Cranberry Mom — “these nannies” you see must be different from the “those nannies” I see north of Pierrepont Street. Almost every weekday, on my way to the subway, I see nannies, I guess only “those,” and I invariably smile at the snippets of conversation I hear or visible affection I see. Babies and kids seem loved, nannies seem engaged. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home when my son was small, but he and I still talk about some of the wonderful caretakers we remember who shepherded his friends in the 80s. I bet there are buckets of not good nannies out there, and if one of them were in any way mistreating my child, I’d be grateful to hear about it. But I also know there are oodles of great nannies — and I bet some are even “these.”

  • Randy Wagstaff

    It’s “stop snitchin'” not “no snitchin.”

    Whenever I’m not in work for whatever reason, I like walking the streets of Brooklyn playing “mom, nanny, or au pair.” It’s a fun guessing game like “gay or European.”

    What’s galling about that post is that the crack investigative journalist has no idea whether the kid was in the nanny’s eyeshot or not, just that the nanny wasn’t in his eyeshot.

    Also, the clear implication of that entire blog is that leaving a kid with a nanny is bad parenting, but many women don’t want to sacrifice careers or might not be able to afford it otherwise. “Cranberry mom’s” name gives away her bias.