Living While Black and the criminalization of blackness

Aug 1, 2018

Vox Media

A black or brown person, doing something innocuous or nothing at all, prompts a suspicious white person to call the police.

It’s created a seemingly endless stream of stories involving calls to police or 911 on people of color: A black child who mowed part of the wrong yard, a black family eating at Subway, an 8-year-old girl selling bottled water, a woman using the private pool in her gated community, a trio of filmmakers staying in an Airbnb, or a group of black women on a golf course. These are just some examples of a person or group being forced to defend their presence.