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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.

Read more from AliveWhileBlack and CrimingWhileWhite.