On Twitter, white Americans are tweeting confessions of crimes they claim to have committed but got away with. It's a virtual version of the protests unfolding nationwide after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island.
Now, African Americans are responding on Twitter with a new powerful message: discussing the indignities they experience in everyday life, in a country where racial profiling and disparities persist despite promises by the nation's highest-ranking officials to crack down on them.
Like the #CrimingWhileWhite stories, the #AliveWhileBlack hashtag tweets are not verifiable. But they have been a stirring reminder about the ways blacks face discrimination in American life even in far less dramatic situations than those that have been in the news lately. A sampling:
— Amy DuBois Barnett (@amydbarnett) December 4, 2014
22. White cops pull me over/out of car at 1am while at red light. Accuse me of prostitution. Detained for 30min. #AliveWhileBlack…& a woman.
— Christina Coleman (@ChrissyCole) December 4, 2014
Crossing the grocery store parking lot. Cops stopped to ask me what I was doing there. I was holding grocery bags. #Alivewhileblack
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) December 4, 2014
Robbed at gunpoint, didnt want 2 go 2 police 'til my mom urged me. Told police my story,treated me as if I robbed someone. #alivewhileblack
— CrackmusicDescendant (@hautcommodity) December 4, 2014
The tweets were picking up Thursday morning. Here's a live feed: