YouTube channel Simple Misfits conducted a little social experiment: a white guy tried to steal a car — and then a black guy did. Both fake perpetrators tried to jimmy the locks, and the car alarms sounded.
Depressingly, stereotypes persisted. After half an hour, many people, including a police officer, completely ignored the white “criminal.” But the black man ended up in handcuffs within two minutes.
For the record, whites committed 64% of motor vehicle theft in 2011, while blacks were responsible for only 33.9%, according to FBI statistics.
See for yourself: