The Hotline for Folks Afraid of Black People Living Their Lives

By Sameer Rao Oct 23, 2018

The consequences that some White people experience when they call 911 on Black people barbecuing, sleeping, sitting in a coffeeshop and otherwise benignly existing never outweigh the often deadly violence that police inflict on African Americans daily. Recognizing this, Niecy Nash ("Claws") offers White racists another number to call: 1-844-WYT-FEAR.

The "actress, inventor and advocate for not calling 911 on Black people for no goddamn reason" extols the virtues of the hotline in a video for The New York Times yesterday (October 22). Those who call the number are treated to smooth jazz-scored assurances that Black people risk far more when interacting with law enforcement than the caller does by being near a Black person.

Watch the video, which also features Darren Martin, a former aide to President Barack Obama who recently survived his own brush with White fear, as a hotline worker.