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Sleeping While Black?

I'm watching 20/20's What Would You Do... I love this show... And generally I just get all fired up about these people... This one actually made me cry...

The segment was to find out what people would do if a group of teens were vandalizing a car. The first group was 3 white boys - ONE person called 911. The second group was 3 black boys - THIRTEEN people called 911... But what upsets me most if while those 3 white boys were trashing the car, the family of one of the black actors was in a car further down the parking lot... While only ONE person called 911 on the actors trashing the car, there were TWO calls about the black family SLEEPING in the car...

The black actors were spoke to later and the one boy labeled their crime as "Sleeping while black" This really upset me! I mean, why would you call 911 because people were sleeping?

What the hell is wrong with people?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 9:52 PM on Jul. 23, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Maybe they thought they were dead,I dunno,I'm stumped too!

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:54 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • ""What the hell is wrong with people?""

    I ask myself this question everday.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • I personally would call the police on anyone who would not get away from my car. A stranger is a stranger to me!

    Answer by tryin2BGOOD at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Wow, I'm always amazed at people.

    Answer by Cindy18 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • What part of the country was this study conducted in? Just curious.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Here's the video if you want to see it...


    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 9:56 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • They were in New Jersey... But I don't know exactly what part, I would assume it would be close to NY since that's where ABC is based.

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 9:57 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • thats freaking crazy, some people are freaking messed up

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 10:01 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Wow that is sad. However true most people think blacks commit more crimes which is very untrue.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 10:24 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

  • Years ago DH and I were chased off by the police on several occasions for sleeping in our van (which was our home at the time). We are white, but I've heard enough stories from some of my black friends that I know these things are more likely to happen to them.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 10:24 PM on Jul. 23, 2010

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