Don't Believe In 2 Different Americas? Here's All The Proof You Need. Which One Do You Live In?
When we talk about police brutality and racial profiling, some people will filter it through their own positive interactions with police officers. Now, are all cops bad and violent? No, of course not. But sadly, there are too many instances where police are unnecessarily hostile and aggressive when dealing with law abiding black citizens. Two Twitter hashtags, #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack perfectly illustrate the very different world's white and black Americans are living in.
was robbed at knife point in Charlotte. When the police came, told them what was taken, they asked "Why wld u have a pager" #alivewhileblack
— J I Λ (@missjia) December 4, 2014
Six on six brawling in the street.. Police pulled up and we all ran. The cops decided to chase my black friends ONLY! #CrimingWhileWhite
— Kyle Loves Comics (@ComicsKyle) December 3, 2014
White BF told cop who stopped him for speeding to "f**k off." Let go with a warning and a "good night." #crimingwhilewhite
— Anne B (@abroshar) December 3, 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
Leaving a party in a white community in undergrad. Officer stopped me drew his gun&aimed when he asked me to get my license #AliveWhileBlack
— Nig-ella Lawson (@JanvierNoir) December 4, 2014
Someone very close to me assaulted a state police officer at a traffic stop once. Was out by 9 am and later beat case. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Natural (@NatAnglin) December 3, 2014
Snuck out of the house to go to a party. Waiting for a bus to get home at 2 AM, cops detain me for prostitution. I was 17. #AliveWhileBlack
— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) December 4, 2014
Called the police because someone was breaking into my home, police told me it was probably just a bootycall #AliveWhileBlack
— ⭐️Aprill C. (@GlitteryGlossy) December 4, 2014
I dined and dashed-cop found me at the movies, I paid the bill and he left. I was rude but not arrested and not killed. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Robyn Kopp (@filmfixation) December 3, 2014
I was mugged after dropping a friend off late at night after work. the cops harassed me & asked why i was “really there" #alivewhileblack
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) December 4, 2014
Got followed at Walmart while shopping w/ my white friend. I make 5x what she does, and she was *actually* shoplifting. #AliveWhileBlack
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) December 4, 2014
As a passenger, told an officer my name was none of his f--king business, but that I wanted to know his. Matter dropped. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Eric (@naporeon) December 3, 2014
Stopped by police on my college campus while walking with a white male classmate. Asked if I was engaging in sex work. #AliveWhileBlack
— Ashley Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 4, 2014
#CrimingWhileWhite got caught with weed by the police a half dozen times and they just took my weed and told me to go home.
— #PoliceThePolice (@Joe_Schmucc) December 3, 2014
This #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag is almost too much for me to read. It's hard to stomach how different our realities are.
— KayKiSpeaks.com (@KayKiSpeaks) December 3, 2014