Eric Garner Outrage: White People Take To Twitter To Confess Crimes They Have Gotten Away With

AP726652639639AP/Julio CortezPeople march in protest on the West Side Highway after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.

Protests against the non-indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner via chokehold back in August, began on Wednesday afternoon.

While folks rallied in the streets of New York City, people also took to Twitter to have a conversation about “white privilege and policing,” reports Buzzfeed.

The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite was sparked when a writer for the “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Jason Ross, tweeted about his own experience of a crime he committed and was able to get away with. He then asked others to tweet their own stories:

The hashtag began to trend nationally. Here are some of the tweets:

Buzzfeed spoke to some of the people who used the hashtag and got their stories at length, like this one from Joe Arguelles, who confessed to shoplifting (in the tweet above):

Arguelles told BuzzFeed News that as a teenager and young adult he shoplifted “once or twice a month” for three years. He was never particularly concerned about what might happen to him because the most he expected to experience was “a slap on the wrist.”

Years later, Arguelles came to see that mentality as tied to his status as a white man. “If I weren’t white, I assume I wouldn’t have been doing it in the first place because my thought process would have been different,” he said. “Now I’m more conscious that that’s not a luxury everyone has.”

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