Spread the Word on Injustice: You Made #WhileBlack Viral
Hundreds, even thousands of #WhileBlack stories have swept the nation. You made yet another truth viral with over 90,000 views: Black Restaurant Owner Arrested for Helping Unconscious White Woman Sues NYPD.
Recently, Clyde Pemberton, a businessman in #HarlemWhileBlack, decided, along with his employees to make #WhileBlack legal, literally, and hold the NYPD accountable for arresting them for helping a white woman.
The Harlem MIST owner’s lawsuit blatantly states that he was a “conscientious business owner while Black”, and his employees were arrested for “being helpful employees while Black.”
They want justice for living their lives, trying to help people, and being punished and forever changed because of it. Investors are gone, business is suffering, and he and employees want nothing to do with the police now.
While many stories have been about police and emergency response personnel being annoyed about having to respond to calls about Blacks living their lives, like The Science Behind Why White People Call Police on Black People for Doing Ordinary Things, many also involve the men and women in blue, who act unprofessionally and downright racist in their #WhileBlack perpetuation.
We’ve covered it in corporate settings, everyday settings, police interactions; we’ve talked to experts about the phenomenon. #WhileBlack and the fear of a racial group losing its
majority status have impacted the country’s behavior:
“For people of color, our concern is that we’re on guard for discrimination coming toward us. And for whites, the concern is ‘Whatever I’m about to say it may be landing in a way where the person perceives me as racist.’
So they double down because they don’t want to admit a particular bias or slant,” said Alexis McGill-Johnson, executive director and co-founder of Perception Institute.
There are infinite stories out there, and it’s time to hear from you, because we know #WhileBlack is happening to you.
Join The Conversation below, or send us an email, tweet, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn reply and tell us: What is YOUR #WhileBlack story