Niecy Nash has used her comedy skills to develop a way to put an end to white people calling the cops on Black people.
The “Claws” actress is the face of a New York Times Opinion video where she introduces a hotline for scared white residents to dial when they believe Black people should be arrested for living their lives.
“MESSAGE! #BbqBecky #CouponCarl #CornerstoreCaroline Help has arrived!!! I teamed up with @thejennlyon @nytimesopinionart @nytopinion SWIPE FOR FULL VIDEO #tryingtohelpsomebody 👊🏽,” Nash captioned the video that she introduced on her Instagram page Monday, Oct. 22.
Filmed as if it were an ’80s infomercial, Nash tells viewers they can dial 1-844-WYT-FEAR, which is a real number, when they don’t want to be outed as a “racist douche” for calling 911 on Black people “for no goddamn reason.”
Martin is one of several all-Black staff members who help white people calm their fears about their Black neighbors, and the video also includes a testimonial from a white woman who called the cops happily admitting she’s racist.
The clip, which sees cops moving in on the office toward the end, was made in response to several incidents this year where white people wanted to get the police involved on Black people barbecuing in a public park, selling water, and trying to use coupons at CVS.
A voiceover at the end of the video asks people who have been racially profiled to email [email protected] And dialing the phone number gives the caller the option to report their concerns by pressing 1 if they are “indeed white and feeling scared about a black or brown person in your proximity.” It adds a warning for the Spanish-language option, which can be accessed by pressing 2. Should callers dial 1, they’ll be informed of statistics outlined in the video, like Black people being more likely to be arrested and convicted. Then, callers can choose from the supposed offenses they see, like Black people leaving an Airbnb.
Fans of Nash applauded the innovative take on the news.
“This. Is. EVERYTHING!!!”
“I called the number, and this is so funny and BRILLIANT!! Omg!! This is unbelievable, simply unbelievable! 🤦🏾♀️”
“I love you Niecy Nash!!😙That is priceless 😂”
“This needs to be on TV!”