Monday, December 8, 2014

#AliveWhileBlack: Twitter Testimonies to Black Encounters with Police

Last Thursday, we looked at the Twitter hashtag trend #CrimingWhileWhite, which consists of tweets by whites regarding their scrapes with the law–scrapes in which they suffered no consequences. Now let's consider the hashtag trend #AliveWhileBlack, in which blacks testify to their encounters with the police–encounters in which they were clearly subject to racism. Reading the two sets of tweets, one realizes that the famous sentence of the Kerner Commission of 1968 still applies to the America of 2014: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal." Here are 18 tweets:

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