White People Confess To Crimes They Get Away With, But Black People Get Arrested For

A thought-provoking view into white privilege and the law.

Criming While White

As expected, a Staten Island grand jury did not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death.

Following the decision, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the decision in New York City as well as in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Ferguson, Missouri – where a grand jury last week declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Mike Brown.

The virtual world was also ablaze in protest over Pantaleo’s non-indictment, expressing outrage against widespread and uncontrollable racial profiling and police brutality in the United States.

Using the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite, thousands of users on Twitter – a majority of whom appear to be white people – are confessing to crimes they are treated differently by the police for the crimes that usually get black people arrested – or in several cases even killed.

Read More: NY Braces For Ferguson-Like Protests For Man Choked To Death By Cops

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Although there have been various Twitter discussions highlighting racial profiling – such as #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot and #IfTheyGunnedMeDown – #CrimingWhileWhite is the first hashtag in which people are openly acknowledging white privilege in the U.S. and how the criminal justice system works in its favor.


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