Niecy Nash is paying attention to dozens of misinformed and inaccurate 9-1-1 calls on black people in 2018.
The “Selma” actress teamed up with the New York Times to create a satirical phone line: 1-844-WYT-FEAR.
The Times reports there have been more than 40 instances in 2018 of the police being called on black people going about their everyday lives. This includes 9-1-1 calls regarding black people having barbecues or selling water on the street.
Nash described the 1-844-WYT-FEAR hotline as “a radically new product that will save all the headaches of being filmed and outed as a racist d**che.”
Believe it or not, the phone number is real. A call to the WYT-FEAR hotline will offer a number of menu options. “Based on your menu selection, we have determined that you are not in danger and probably just racist,” the hotline says. “While this New York Times hotline is a satire, the issue is very real.”
The hotline also reminds callers that “black people are more likely to experience force in the American criminal justice system and endure longer sentences,” according to Huffington Post.