A satirical phone line with a real message for racist white people calling the police on Black people for no reason.
Comedienne Niecy Nash teamed up with the New York Times to create a real 800 number for white people who are afraid of Black people to call, instead of calling the police.
It's an answer to all the nonsense calls that have put Blacks in danger of contact with authorities (who notoriously have a dangerous relationship), and a wake-up call to white people that are racist, and apparently don't know it.
911 dispatchers not wanting to pass along the calls made by white people may want to give out this number to save racists embarrassment, jobs, death threats, and save time and emergency resources for those who really need it— like EMS for Blacks being shot by police, perhaps?
Wait for it.... yup. It's a REAL number 🙌🏽 911 is for EMERGENCIES not your concerns, unprecedented fears or privilege. Black & brown people are being killed by law enforcement at alarming… https://t.co/76vZehXbpG
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) October 23, 2018
It provides options in English and Spanish and encourages white people who are uncomfortable with Spanish to protect their ears and push no. 1.
In the commercial for the number, Nash says it's "a radical new product that will save you all the headaches from being filmed and outed as a racist douche."
She continues explaining, "Our experienced staff have been living while Black their entire lives ... It's a real number, for real white people who should mind their own damn business."
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Many on social media responded in applause:
When your friend is beautiful and brilliant and black and smart and funny as hell and looks damn good in a retro purple blazer while throwing satirical shade at Josh, Chad and Becky, your friend is @NiecyNash. pic.twitter.com/Qtq171Bjvv
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 23, 2018
Travis, there's help for you. Call 1-844-WYT-FEAR.
— 🌜LunaDeLaCasa🌛 (@creolepepper) October 23, 2018
Why not have a black guest on the show to explain! 🙄 #1844wytfear #Diversity answers questions you may have of others! ✊🏾❣️
— TealoveDaLadz (@tealovely69) October 23, 2018
As #WhileBlack incidents continue to increase in the spotlight, others have offered solutions for the problem of white fear.
Several months ago a New York Senator, Jesse Hamilton, who represents the Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, proposed a hate crime law after a Trump supporter called the police on him while he was campaigning.
This 800 number is sure to be called by many people of color and their allies who seek a good laugh, but the point remains —calling 911 for no good reason is a problem that is more dangerous than it is ridiculous.