1-844-WYT-FEAR (Racism Hotline)

New! A Hotline for Racists” — The New York Times, 2018, 2:38https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UouJ9HT3WOs

A funny alternative to calling the police on people of color: 1-844-WYT-FEAR. This short video does a fantastic job listing some of the 2018 incidents where white people called the cops on black people for no good reason. It should make for a good discussion starter on the topic and raises questions regarding alternatives to 911. Why are people of color more likely to be arrested or harassed by police? How can we reduce racist 911 calls in our society? Why do these incidents continue to occur at such frequent rates?

From the video’s description: 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.