Jason Thompson, a Toronto man with albinism, was riding the bus with his young son when the driver pulled over. As Thompson would soon learn, someone had called the police to report a possible abduction, assuming that something was amiss after seeing the albino Thompson with his decidedly not-albino son.
The cops boarded the bus and asked Thompson to get out. "'Sir is this your son?'" said the policeman, according to Thompson. "I said 'Yes, he is.'"
The officers quickly realized that Thompson was not holding his son, Xavier, (again, his own son) against his will.
"I was gobsmacked at that moment. I couldn't believe it. I probably almost fell down," said Thompson, who then explained that he now finally understands racism.
Thompson told CTV News: "They're black so people think they've done something wrong. And here's a very white guy who gets pulled over because he has a kid who's beige or brown. So it was really surprising and shocking to me."
Of all the indignities that come from riding the bus, including but not limited to: loud music, screaming babies, heavy breathing, toenail clipping, and playing loudly with a Bop It, this is probably the worst.
But at least it taught a white man about microaggressions.