Gillian Mohney, ABC NEWS
(ABC News)—Two hashtags with stories of alleged racial bias by police have gone viral in the wake of a decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a New York City police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.
Each hashtag focuses on individual stories about how people say race has affected their interactions with police: #CrimingWhileWhite has become a place for white people to recount stories of how they say they’ve gotten preferential treatment, while #AliveWhileBlack focuses on stories from African-Americans or people of color who say they’ve experienced police harassment in their daily lives.
One white user tweeted that he was pulled by over by police for driving drunk but allowed to walk to a friend’s house without charges. In another, a white user said he was arrested for stealing street signs in high school but had probation waved because it would “interfere with drama club.”