Wrote a piece Thursday for ATTN on the Twitter hashtags that have evolved out of the Eric Garner case. When there were no indictments in Garner’s death the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite emerged, featuring white people telling tales of crime without punishment. Black Twitter users responded with #AliveWhileBlack, telling stories of everyday discrimination. More evidence we still live in two separate Americas.
An interesting, but very old online conversation grew Wednesday night out of the shock and pain of no one being held accountable in the death of Staten Island father Eric Garner. Are there still two Americas – separated by black and white, privilege and pain?
The answer? Duh, yes. And two hashtags lead the way.
The hashtags #CrimingWhileWhite and #AliveWhileBlack caught fire on Twitter after a Grand Jury ruled not charge officer Daniel Pantaleo with the murder of Eric Garner. Garner, an African American man, was killed in August when Pantaleo used an illegal chokehold on him.
In response, users took to Twitter telling their own stories of criminal inequities – in black and white – revealing true stories that go beyond what statistics already back up.