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BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, Cornerstore Caroline, Pool Patrol Paula: The internet has created numerous memes out of white people — primarily white women — calling the cops on black people for nonexistent offenses or non-emergency matters in recent months, in order to show everyday racism in action.
On Tuesday, Niecy Nash made her own contribution to the meme canon with a satirical video promoting a real hotline that white people can call instead of 9-1-1 when they “can’t cope with black people living their lives near them.”
In the video, published in the New York Times‘ Opinion section, Nash plays an ’80s-style infomercial host introducing a white audience to “a radical new product that will prevent you from being filmed or outed as a racist douche.” The hotline, 1-844-WYT-FEAR, is intended to connect would-be 9-1-1 callers with black people who can explain to them that the subject of their fear is a neighbor, or the owner of a particular item, among other examples.
The reason the hotline is needed, Nash explains in the video, is that studies have found that black people are more likely to be arrested, convicted and serve longer sentences than white people for similar crimes: “So calling 9-1-1 for non-emergency situations is really just a dick move,” she explains.
The hotline is real. “We are here to address your urgent concerns about black or brown people living their life near you,” reads the main menu when reached.
Nash then proceeds to list cases in which black people have had 9-1-1 called on them in recent months, including when taking a nap in a rec room and mowing the lawn. According to the Times, there have been 39 known instances of 9-1-1 calls on black people doing “everyday activities” just this year.
Watch the full video, below.
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