"I've never met the guy at all."


Police officers pulled their guns on a Tennessee man after a neighbor mistakenly interpreted the man's rapping as an act of domestic violence.


Davon Eddington was in his backyard speaking to his brother on the phone last week when a neighbor overheard him utter the chorus to ​rapper Jay-Z's 2004 single, "99 Problems," TMZ ​reported.


"I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one," Eddington rapped, which his neighbor interpreted as him saying he had "99 problems and this bitch ain't one," according to a police report obtained by TMZ.

The neighbor told police he believed Eddington was beating his fiancee. According to Eddington, armed police officers apologized after realizing the situation was all just a misunderstanding. 


But was it something worse? Eddington described previous run-ins with this particular neighbor to TMZ, including an incident involving his missing dog showing up on his neighbor's property.


"I've never met the guy at all. So, maybe he doesn't want me in the neighborhood," he said.


The unpleasant episode calls to mind several situations that have raised debate around racial issues.


In recent months, news outlets have publicized a spate of incidents -- from black men ​arrested while waiting for friends at Starbucks to a woman ​branded with the ignominious label of "BBQ Becky" -- which some commentators say serve as evidence of the poor state of race relations in the United States.


Such incidents, including what happened to Eddington, might also be viewed as characteristic of an increasingly oversensitive and litigious society. Conservative commentators especially have ​deplored the ever more fragile nature of Americans. 


Whatever motivated the neighbor who called the cops on Eddington, both sides likely agree that discernment and a healthy dose of common sense could have prevented the situation from occurring.


Juan Leon is a Pluralist founding editor. He can be reached @juanemel


Cover image: Jay-Z performs on stage during a Get Out The Vote concert in support of Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)