#CrimingWhileWhite Recalls Native American Genocide, Smallpox

#CrimingWhileWhite Recalls Native American Genocide, Smallpox
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Thousands of protesters flooded freeways, city streets and squares throughout the country Wednesday following the announcement that a Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the white male NYPD officer who in July killed Eric Garner, an unarmed black male, after locking him in an illegal chokehold. 

People also took to Twitter to voice their opposition to the decision. The hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite almost immediately began to trend. The hashtag recalled crimes committed by white people who either received minor punishments or none at all. In contrast, the hashtag illustrated how African Americans who committed crimes, many of them minor offenses, were punished with disproportionate, harsh sentences. Also mentioned with the hashtag were crimes against Native Americans throughout history. Here are eight tweets that affirm white exceptionalism and privilege date back as far as 1492.

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com

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Dr. Adrienne Keene. Photo courtesy Matika Wilbur, project562.com