While thousands of protesters took the streets last night to protest the grand jury’s decision not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, thousands more took to Twitter. The hashtags #EricGarner, #IcantBreathe and #crimingwhilewhite have been trending all morning on the social network.
The #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag attempts to point out how police interact with white people and black people. Eric Garner, for instance, was stopped by police because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes on the corner. The encounter ended with Garner being choked to death.
But what would happen if he was #crimingwhilewhite?
Arrested for DUI, cop took me to drive through ATM so I'd have money to bail myself out. #crimingwhilewhite
— Dr24hours (@Dr24hours) December 3, 2014
Friend w/ suspended license gets flat tire/pulled over in someone else's car. Cop says he will use my license (passenger) #CrimingWhileWhite
— McCallister Crowley (@Occupocalypse) December 3, 2014
Exhaled blunt smoke in a cop's face as I opened my door and then told him he couldn't come in without a warrant. He left. #CrimingWhileWhite
— Classic (@classicmaterial) December 3, 2014
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
Shoplifted when I was a teenager. Was apprehended but never charged because I looked "like a good kid" #CrimingWhileWhite
— LVL 90 SJW (@Auragasmic) December 3, 2014
The decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo sparked another wave of racial outrage around the internet. The NYPD promised on Twitter to “rebuild trust” but that message fell on deaf ears.
The #NYPD is committed to rebuilding public trust. #Wehearyou
— Chief Joanne Jaffe (@NYPDCommAffairs) December 3, 2014
@AdamSessler "We forgot, only if you're white though. Because fuck black people." @NYPDCommAffairs
— Kim Visnes (@Visnes) December 3, 2014
Did you hear him say he couldn't breathe? RT @NYPDCommAffairs: The #NYPD is committed to rebuilding public trust. #Wehearyou
— LG (@luvshotme) December 3, 2014
Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart dedicated the first few minutes of the show to the Eric Garner decision. But unlike other segments, Stewart couldn’t bring himself to joke about the situation.
Watch his emotional response below.