White people confess crimes using #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag
If you’re white, you may be able to shoplift, drive drunk, even shove a police officer — and not suffer the same consequences a black person might, according to trending stories being shared on social media.
#CrimingWhileWhite became Twitter’s highest trending topic in the United States and a trending topic worldwide as protests continued Thursday morning over a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man suspected of illegally selling cigarettes on the sidewalk.
After a New York grand jury declined to indict the officer, white people across the nation took to Twitter to confess their crimes they got away with in an effort to show racial injustice does exist.
The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite has lit up the Internet and caught the attention of several media outlets. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the hashtag #AliveWhileBlack is also trending, only these tweets are posted by African-Americans who describe how they were singled out, racially profiled or mistreated simply because the color of their skin. A collection of tweets from both hashtags are below.
— VibeMagazine (@VibeMagazine) December 4, 2014
— lil’ hampton (@the_little_one9) December 4, 2014
— COMRADE LAZLO (@lazlothebuzz) December 4, 2014
At 16, a cop pulled his gun on me and demanded I drop the shotgun I was angrily pointing at a guy. I got a ticket #CrimingWhileWhite
— JC Xtian #BenGazzara (@JC_Christian) December 4, 2014
DUI when I was 21. Never handcuffed, followed police to station so my car wouldn’t get towed. Never prosecuted. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Mrs. Eric Berry (@Miss_Facetious) December 4, 2014
Helped stage a fake kidnapping as a prank in Philly, multiple people call 911. Cops tell us to warn them next time. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Rianna Finch (@RiannaFinch) December 4, 2014
Got pulled over at 19 in Atlanta, had been drinking, was underage… the cop escorted me home. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Jessi (@lovelyjessij) December 3, 2014
Driving 72 in a 35, no ID on me, not wearing shoes, pulled over, car battery died. No ticket, cop jumped my car for me #CrimingWhileWhite
— Goojie (@Gooj) December 4, 2014
Wesley Snipes served 3 years for tax evasion. Nicholas Cage owes IRS 14 million, is filming National Treasure 3. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Joe Fitrzyk (@JoeFitrzyk) December 4, 2014
The fact that they have the guts to confess to crimes on Twitter is very telling of the kind of system they live in. #CrimingWhileWhite .
— Miss Rachel (@Iam_RachelN) December 4, 2014
— Tessa Barrera (@Tess1Tess2) December 4, 2014
Only black student in my AP Govt class in HS. A new sub looks up and asks if I’m in the right room before callin role #Alivewhileblack
— Foxy Brown (@MissCocoChantal) December 4, 2014
Got raped+robbed. Police took forever to interview me, mentioned that women sometimes lie to hide “gambling, overspending” #AliveWhileBlack
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) December 4, 2014
Cop drives by slow, pulls a U, comes back, parks & watches me unload groceries in my driveway & take them into my house. #alivewhileblack
— Amadi (@amaditalks) December 4, 2014
Walking to library. Campus security stops me and asks for ID. Several times. Claims I don’t “look” like a law student. #AliveWhileBlack
— GrooveSDC (@GrooveSDC) December 4, 2014
Blindsided while riding bike & knocked unconscious. Woke up to cop questioning me. Blood streaming down face. Cop leaves. #AliveWhileBlack
— Elon James White (@elonjames) December 4, 2014
Pulled over Edina, Mn- 7:00am. Taking grandparents to doctor. asked “who’s mercerdes I was driving. Who’s Karen finney” #alivewhileblack
— Kathryn Finney (@KathrynFinney) December 4, 2014
House broken into. Cop laughed. Wouldn’t file a police report #alivewhileblack
— Joseph (@MindAltered_J) December 4, 2014
Went to the lake with 30 white people. White folks drove car on shore. Police roll up. I am the only one handcuffed #alivewhileblack
— i am ferguson (@AfrikanDundatta) December 4, 2014