In today’s political climate, race is a constant topic on everyone’s mind. In America, there is no denying that having “white privilege,” is a thing—regardless if you realize it or not. Being white protect many people from mistreatment that many minorities endure while living in America, and other places around the world.
Recently, Twitter user @Freeyourmindkid asked the Internet to share the “most outrageous things they’ve gotten away with as a white person,” knowing that a black or brown person would have never gotten away with.
White people - What is the most outrageous thing that you've gotten away with as a white person that you know damn well a black or brown person would have never gotten away with?#MyWhitePrivilege— ????????Black????????Aziz????????aNANsi???????? (@Freeyourmindkid) March 30, 2019
Before long, white people all over the world were sharing the outrageous, illegal, and ridiculous things they have done in their lives (even in front of law enforcement) and have gotten away with—free of tickets, scrapes, and even death.
Kicking a cop after he threw me on the ground, and then getting in his face after I escaped my handcuffs. #MyWhitePrivilege— sarah (@sarahrius) March 30, 2019
Called the police in Allston MA when I lost the key to my bike lock. (White) firefighters showed up — didn’t ask for any id, proof that the bike was mine, or proof that I lived at that address — and cut the u-lock off without question. #MyWhitePrivilege— Adrienne Carmack (@adrienne_the_3) March 30, 2019
A LOT of shoplifting when I was younger: even when I was caught all I got was a slap on the wrist. But nobody was watching the white girl in the polo shirt, they were too busy scrutinizing the Hispanic and Latinx kids. #MyWhitePrivilege— Why Why (@S0methingS1lly) March 30, 2019
As a teen I spat in a cop’s face when he broke up a party I was at and all he did was drive me home and tell my mom that I was a “trouble-maker” #MyWhitePrivilege— sav (@twofatcocks) March 30, 2019
Always been pretty tame, but here's a shitty anecdote: every six months over the last ten years living here in D.C., I get cop cars that pull up to me while I'm walking at night... to remind me it's an unsafe neighborhood (it's not) + to ask if I need a ride.#MyWhitePrivilege— Charlotte Clymer????️???? (@cmclymer) March 30, 2019
Police raided my house looking for my black bf, just found me and my weed, tried to get me to put it on him. I got drug court and no record, he’d still be in prison. #MyWhitePrivilege— Audrey Shapiro (@AudreyRoseMac) March 30, 2019
I have a chronic illness/pain. Was at the ER because I couldn’t turn my head w/out pain. There was a black woman, also in pain, in the next bay. White ER doctor was happy to give me meds, but interrogated the fuck out of the black woman and accused her of lying/drug-seeking.— Laura Jean (@laurabellejean) March 31, 2019
I am raising 3 white boys and I’m not worried when they step outside. #MyWhitePrivilege— Sam (@samanthajkent) March 30, 2019
Renewing my Greencard I was seriously taken from the back of a hours-long line & put directly in the interviewers office. I thought I was in trouble for something actually, it scared me. In & out in 15 min. It wasn’t till I was leaving that I realized it was #MyWhitePrivilege— Tracy Facey (@HeyTracyFacey) March 30, 2019
Was pulled over for DUI, 85 in a 55, reckless driving. 16 total tickets, refused breathalyzer, weed and a bowl in my pocket. At the station, no cell, no drunk tank. Once the paperwork was done, bonded myself out with $100 bill. #MyWhitePrivilege— Rogue Pacer (@IAmPacer) March 30, 2019
My white friend reversed down a hiway off ramp because he took the wrong exit. I was freaking out in the passenger seat. Cop stopped us, reprimanded my friend for his stupidity, and told us to "get a move on". #MyWhitePrivilege— GRASSI (@andGRASSI) March 30, 2019
I was driving downtown and ran a stop sign in the middle of the night with no traffic around. A cop came out of nowhere and pulled me over. I said “don’t you have something better to do?” And laughed. He laughed. I didn’t get a ticket. I got asked out.— The Sassy Wife (@GypsyMegan6) March 30, 2019
Despite slacking off, dropping out, and generally fucking up for years, I was given seemingly infinite passes and 2nd chances, and never had to worry that my lack of effort or bad attitude would reflect badly on my community. #MyWhitePrivilege— Nora Sawyer (@Nora_Sawyer) March 30, 2019
Got pulled over and kept my hands visible, on the wheel. Asked the cop for permission to reach into my glove box to retrieve paperwork. Cop chuckled & told me, "YOU don't need to worry about doing all that."#MyWhitePrivilege— Barbara Gregory ❄❄ (@rhubee) March 30, 2019
Pulled over for using phone, cop sees I need to change state on license. Tells me 2 take care of it or “someone could fine me.” No ticket— Jobin (@prince_jobin) March 31, 2019
My wife (poc) pulled over for no reason, cops see she also needs to update address, they scream, escalate, give $2k ticket #MyWhitePriviledge
Purchased pants w/ security tag hidden in pocket, hardly noticeable, they forgot to remove. Took me about 2 months of wearing it before I noticed. I was in & out of stores setting off sensors dozens of times - never stoped once, would just get a wave & a smile #MyWhitePrivilege— Tom (@L2709Tom) March 30, 2019
Last week I got a speeding ticket. I argued with the cop(speed limit recently changed), told him to have a good day, rolled my window up in his face, drove off. 30 mins later he's at my house apologizing and he voided my ticket because he confirmed the change. #MyWhitePrivilege— Ashley (@oohgoodness) March 30, 2019
I locked myself out of my condo, and I had to unlock the window and crawl in. A passing cop saw me struggling to open the window and, with no hesitation, jumped in to help me. He had no reason to believe it was my house. He said I didn’t “look like a thief”. #MyWhitePrivilege— Dinosaurs for Warren 2020???????????????????????????????????????????????? (@Alysaurus_rawr) March 31, 2019
I had a warrant out for my arrest and got pulled over. The cop told me that he “didn’t feel like driving me to the jail,” so he would let me go if I promised to take care of it the warrant. He didn’t even write me a ticket. He just let me drive away. #MyWhitePrivilege— leah (@Herewithleah) March 31, 2019
My grandmother took me to the airport the morning after she'd had a dinner party at work &forgot she had a kitchen knife in her purse. Security noticed it but shrugged it off and let her through WITH THE KNIFE. #MyWhitePrivilege— Katy????️???? (@combat_hippie) March 31, 2019
Took over hotel lobby at night with about two dozen family members, bringing in our own booze, and stayed up til 4 am partying. The staff even let us use the kitchen to keep our beer cold. This was in Oklahoma. #MyWhitePrivilege https://t.co/JLUZxCJfoF— James (@waterbarleyhops) March 31, 2019
#MyWhitePrivilege— I'm Suzi Poppins, y'all! (@SoozleMcDoozle) March 30, 2019
I gave birth in a hospital twice and everyone believed my pain and offered relief.
Got financing to buy a house as a 30 year old pizza cook. I've never been denied a line of credit actually. #MyWhitePrivilege— Nick Barrett (@partyballoon_) March 30, 2019
As a white woman I can walk into any salon and a stylist of any race will be able to cut, color, and style my hair. Everyone learns to empathize with and cater to white people. #MyWhitePrivilege— Cindy Gross #Words4Justice #BefriendingDragons (@CindyGross) March 30, 2019