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:
Busted 4 larceny at 11. At 17, cited for booze + caught w gun @ school. No one called me a thug. Can't recommend being white highly enough.— Jason Ross (@jasonjross) December 3, 2014
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:
Ticket for going 120. No license. Judge let me off. "You go to too good a school to be so dumb so I assume you aren't." #CrimingWhileWhite— Sasha Brown-Worsham (@sashabrownworsh) December 4, 2014
At 13 I stole a car with my friends & drove it 2wks before we got busted. Only one charged was black. #CrimingWhileWhite— Cecily Kellogg (@Cecilyk) December 4, 2014
Lost the key to my bike lock. Got a campus cop to get a pair of bolt cutters, cut the chain. Didn't even ask for ID. #CrimingWhileWhite— Mededitor (@Mededitor) December 4, 2014
#CrimingWhileWhite? Dear Lord. Don't even get me started. I'd be dead, beaten, or jailed so many times over if I was a little more brown.— brian wisti (@brianwisti) December 3, 2014
I was driving a car with a rejected sticker, no license, registration, any ID and a headlight out. Cops let me drive home #crimingwhilewhite— Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry) 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
Pulled over once at night. Cop checked my license, let me go. Said "sorry, thought you were black" #CrimingWhileWhite— Jessica Milner (@JJSUalumnus2010) December 3, 2014
The #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag is a must read for people still foolish enough to believe Blacks and whites are treated the same by cops.— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) December 4, 2014