Protesters lay down in New York's Grand Central Station after the announcement that a police officer will not face charges
White Americans are confessing to criminal acts under the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite, but some Twitter users say the campaign is counterproductive.It started after comedy writer Jason Ross rallied fellow liberal white Americans when it was announced that a police officer would not face charges over the death of Eric Garner.
"OTHER WHITE PEOPLE:Tweet your stories of under-punished f-ups! It's embarrassing but important! Let's get #CrimingWhileWhite trending!" he wrote.
The confessional outpouring was swift, with more than 200,000 tweets appearing under the hashtag. One from a medical student in New York was typical: "i literally buy and carry illegal drugs without fear. i have never been stopped or even looked at funny by a cop."
But the hashtag is counterproductive, argues Twitter user @HowToDressWell: "no one needs your cute story of not being profiled".
User @LeftSentThis tweeted: "I get the point behind #CrimingWhileWhite exposing hypocrisy, but at the same time it doubles as a form of bragging about #WhitePrivilege." - a comment which has been retweeted hundreds of times.
"This #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag is mad patronising lol. Didn't expect any different tho," tweeted @JamzLdn.
But others are defending the tag.
"The #CrimingWhileWhite hashtag isn't about bragging about white privilege; it's about showing those who don't believe that it does exist," says @vlcraven.