After No Indictments in NYC, Ferguson Cases, #CrimingWhileWhite Takes Off on Twitter

Not all justice is equal according to some white people on Twitter, who are recounting the times they got away with crimes and flouted the police using the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite.

The confessions come after a grand jury failed to indict a New York City police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Wednesday and, last week, another grand jury failed to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

The stories describe blatant violations of the law and flaunting those violations in front of police, with many posters writing that they were not arrested or cited.


The tales of white legal privilege apparently started with Jason Ross, a writer for “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,’’ who described his own brushes with the law:

Ross then asked others on to share how they got special treatment from the police.

As NPR blogger and producer Bill Chappell described the confessional trend:

The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite sparked a wide-ranging conversation Wednesday evening, as some people used it to describe their own peaceful run-ins with police and others discussed how those incidents differed from their own experiences.

Here are some #CrimingWhileWhite tweets from Wednesday evening:

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