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.
The victim was unarmed but he may have been purposely provoking the police in attempt to take his own life.
Black finally trumps blue.
C.J. Stanley Sr. walked his son outside of the school, and filmed his reaction to discrimination.
C.J. Stanley Sr. took his six-year-old son to A Book Christian Academy in Apopka, Fla., for his first day at school, but C.J. Jr. was turned away because of his dreadlocks. The school had a policy on no long hair for boys, and the fact that C.J. offered to put his hair in a pony tail didn't help.
"Becky privilege" didn't work in this South Carolina driver's favor.
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was driving while intoxicated in Bluffton, S.C., and ran a stop sign at 60 miles per hour. When officers stopped Cutshaw, she thought her white privilege would earn her a pass, but it didn't.
The 32-year-old told officers she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." And, when police asked what that had to do with anything, she said, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," the Bluffton Police Department's report said, according to The Island Packet.
Cutshaw said she only had two glasses of wine, to celebrate her birthday, before driving (she had a .18 percent blood alcohol level). And, other reasons she said shouldn't be arrested include her perfect grades, the fact was a cheerleader and sorority girl, and her partner is a cop.
"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the report states. But drunk driving was only one of the charges issued against Cutshaw early Saturday morning.
She was also arrested on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the New York Post reports.
When Cutshaw told the officers, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," she insinuated that white people, or more specifically, white women, could be excused for breaking the law, in this case traffic violations.
And she wasn't far from the truth.
Black and Latino drivers are more likely to be arrested during traffic stops.
The Stanford Open Policing Project analyzes the rates at which police stop motorists in locations across the country.
"After accounting for age, gender, and location, we find that officers ticket, search, and arrest Black and Hispanic drivers more often than whites," the report states. "For example, when pulled over for speeding, Black drivers are 20 percent more likely to get a ticket (rather than a warning) than white drivers, and Hispanic drivers are 30 percent more likely to be ticketed than white drivers."
Bluffton Police Department officers actually searched Cutshaw's car, which is not the usual as "Black and Hispanic motorists are about twice as likely to be searched compared to white drivers," according to Stanford researchers.
They also documented that discrimination plays a role in vehicle searches:
"In our data, the success rate of searches (or the hit rate) is generally lower for Hispanic drivers compared to whites; so the outcome test indicates Hispanics face discrimination."
"This week, new data released concurs with the Stanford researchers' findings."
An analysis of more than 20 million stops in North Carolina since 2002 found Blacks are 95 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites and 115 percent more likely to be searched after being stopped. The research is included in a newly published book called, "Suspect Citizens."
Cutshaw happens to be in the minority of white traffic violators who've received a ticket, had her car searched and got arrested.
Ving Rhames Held at Gunpoint by Cops at His Home After Neighbor Reports 'Large Black Man' Breaking In
"I get up, I open the door, there's a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter," the "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" actor said.
As stories of white people calling 911 on Black people for no reason continue to circulate on social media, actor Ving Rhames revealed that his celebrity status hasn't shielded him from racial profiling — a neighbor called the cops on Rhames for simply walking into his home.
#Trump2020 supporter family member calls the woman a B*tch on Facebook
Madonna Wilburn, an avid couponer from Buffalo, N.Y., went to the Dollar General to buy laundry detergent and other items and was told by the cashier, Ken Dudek, that they hate people like her. Her question: Hate Black people? Hate couponers?
Each year in the U.S., police kill more than 300 Black men and women — at least a quarter of them unarmed.
"People feel empowered to use tax dollars to police their own anxiety," said Alexis McGill Johnson, executive director of the Perception Institute.
A 20-mile commute on his first day; police and CEO reward him with rides.
Walter Carr, 20, found out on the night before his first day at work that his car was not going to get him there — or anywhere, for that matter. With no other options, Carr decided to walk seven hours to work. When Pelham police noticed him in the wee hours of the morning on the road, they pulled over, checked his story and drove him to work early.
Like the 911 call from BBQ Becky, another documented instance where police are called to the scene for no valid reason.
#DiningWhileBlack strikes again.