People are loving Niecy Nash as the face of a phone line created for white people who feel compelled to call the police on black people going about their daily business.
1-844-WYT-FEAR is a satirical comment piece from The New York Times created by Taige Jensen, Jenn Lyon and Claws actor Nash, who fronts the three-minute clip.
In the throwback-styled infomercial, Nash introduces the telephone line as “a radical new product that will save all the headaches of being filmed and outed as a racist douche.”
"Hi, I'm Niecy Nash, actress, inventor and advocate for not calling 911 on black people for no goddamn reason."
The Emmy-award winning actress goes on to lists various circumstances where it would be more appropriate to call the hotline than the police, all of which are a nod to real-life events that have been widely reported on.
The ongoing trend of people calling police on black people doing everyday acts has produced hashtags and memes such as #BBQBecky #CouponCarl and #PermitPatty.
The comment piece also lists 39 incidents of similar circumstances dating back to April, 2018. This includes an incident in Cleveland, involving a 12-year-old mowing the lawn, a former aide to Barack Obama moving into his New York apartment and a group of black women playing golf in York, Pennsylvania.
In the supporting explainer for the video, the comment piece says:
The phenomenon of white people harassing African-Americans going about their day is nothing new, but with the ubiquity of smartphones and social media, everyone can now see how these injustices are played out and lead to anxiety for and material harm to people of color. And this problem is bigger than a few unreasonable white people. Racist stereotypes are baked into our society.