Niecy Nash is the change we need in the world today…
Instead of complaining about the problem, she has created a solution to the rampant uptick in white people calling the cops on Black people for simply existing. In conjunction with the NY Times, Nash is the spokeswoman for 1-844-WYT-FEAR (pronounced white fear). We’ll let the NY Times explain:
In this satirical infomercial, the comedian and actress Niecy Nash plays the inventor of a new hotline, 1-844-WYT-FEAR. The video advertises a phone service for white people to call when they can’t cope with black people living their lives near them. It’s a real phone number we created so that fearful whites can call it for advice, about their racism.
Y’all … IT IS A REAL NUMBER!!! We’ll get into that in just a moment, but for those who have yet to see the video, take a look below.
So, what happens when you call? Glad you asked!
First, a calm, non-threatening voice identifies the problem. “Are you a white person feeling scared about a black or brown person in your proximity, press one,” the voice prompts.
Then, a warning, “if hearing Spanish is triggering for you please protect your ears now.” There a message in Spanish, but admittedly, we have no idea what they said.
After pressing one, the voice tries to calm the irrational white person down. “We understand that you’re feeling scared, but let the reality that Black arrested are twice as likely to be arrested as whites and three time as likely to experience force when encountered by police, place your fears in a larger context and let this lite jazz wash over you.” Lite jazz then plays — it’s amazing.
The voice goes on to list a myriad of real life examples in which cops have been called on unsuspecting Black people — BBQ’ing with the family, waiting at a coffee shop for friends, a young child selling waters, etc — And thankfully tells the caller if they are experiencing any of these situations there’s an easy remedy. “You are not in danger, and probably just racist … put phone away and move on with your day. Or, be bold, introduce your self and try being a person.”
The call ends by noting that although NY Times hotline is a satire, the problem is very real. They ask anyone encountering “white fear” to shoot them an email at [email protected]
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