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Twitter users share heartbreaking, terrifying examples of being #AliveWhileBlack

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Protests over a recent spate of police killings of unarmed black men and teens has clued white people into something black people have known all along – U.S. law has essentially criminalized “living while black.”

Twitter users responded to a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner – coming just over a week after a similar outcome in the shooting death of Michael Brown – by sharing their experiences with everyday prejudice with the hashtag #AliveWhileBlack.

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Many social media users described incidents when they were stopped, questioned, and humiliated by suspicious police over the car they were driving or the neighborhood they were visiting.

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Many described their experiences with “shopping while black.”

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Twitter users previously pointed out instances where white people received the benefit of the doubt while breaking the law or otherwise interacting with police under the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite. Black posters then shared their experiences with receiving unfair treatment based on their race.

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Then there were black Twitter users who say they were stopped by police because they “fit the description.”


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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