Everyday Racism and Sousveillance

#PermitPatty. #BBQBecky. And now, #CallboxChristopher. These viral moments were captured thanks to the trend that aims to hold harassers accountable. 📱

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This viral video of a YouTube employee, identified as Christopher Cukor, calling the cops on a black man waiting outside of a building apartment is just the latest in a string of viral videos exposing everyday acts of racism. Videos of similar incidents are being heralded as a new form of social media activism. The current trend was set off in April 2018 by Jennifer Schulte who called the police on 2 black men barbecuing at an Oakland park. The incident became a hashtag and a viral meme, #BBQBecky. “You can do whatever you want, but I'm recording you right now and you're going to be the next person.” Wesly Michel, who is black, shared the video on Facebook on July 4. San Francisco police confirmed to USA TODAY that the incident took place around the time the video was posted. The video shows a young boy tearfully begging his father not to call authorities.

A white woman dubbed #PermitPatty went viral in June 2018 after she called cops on an 8-year-old girl selling water. A man branded as #CouponCarl received the same viral backlash in July 2018 for calling the police on a black woman at a CVS for allegedly using a forged coupon. According to researchers, the phenomenon folds into a bigger trend called “sousveillance” —the filming of incidents in real time by citizens. The term was originally coined in 2002 by Steve Mann, scientist and godfather of wearable tech. “What's the opposite of oversight, the opposite of oversight is undersight or in French sousveillance. I sort of thought well surveillance - watching from above - they're basically saying well we can record you, but you're not allowed to record us. So there is an element of hypocrisy there, so sousveillance is the veillance of integrity and surveillance is veillance of hypocrisy. , ITV In conversation with Steve Mann. The practice of sousveillance aims to hold harassers accountable. Christopher Cukor has now become known as #CallboxChristopher.


07/12/2019 9:20 PMupdated: 07/12/2019 9:45 PM
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  • Mandy S.
    07/12/2019 21:51

    Blame Trump! 🧐

  • David P.
    07/12/2019 21:53

    Callbox Christopher 🤣🤣🤣🤣 the internet is still undefeated!

  • Kaylee N.
    07/12/2019 21:58

    He says the man is in the lobby, but I clearly see a car drive by, and they’re in sunlight. This poor kid.

  • Brut
    07/12/2019 22:04

    This is what happened when Christopher Cukor accused Wesly Michel, who is black, of trespassing outside of a San Francisco apartment building.

  • Diane S.
    07/12/2019 22:09

    That poor kiddo- Obviously a million times smarter than her father

  • David A.
    07/12/2019 22:12

    All liberal dem voters...guarantee

  • Christine C.
    07/12/2019 22:15

    Name them, shame them.

  • Tim L.
    07/12/2019 23:51

    I hope that boy don't get a beating!

  • Savannah D.
    07/12/2019 23:55

    Thank god that little boy can recognize racism! He is a much better person then his father. There is some hope for the future

  • Peter R.
    07/13/2019 00:35

    I think the dad apologized to the waiting guy, when the facts came out.

  • Anneke V.
    07/13/2019 05:46

    So sad this

  • Gérson N.
    07/13/2019 12:02

    Kudos for the boy 👦

  • Regina S.
    07/13/2019 16:53

    TROUBLE MAKER! Must be bored!

  • Na I.
    07/13/2019 23:09

    Even his little boy knew it was wrong. Shame on him.

  • Andy H.
    07/16/2019 05:20

    Thanks to all of those exposing blatant racism

  • Thomas J.
    07/17/2019 20:38

    Lol who cares?

  • Thomas J.
    07/17/2019 20:38

    California is full of wierdos!

  • Josh E.
    07/17/2019 21:29

    Did he get fired? 🤣

  • Brian M.
    07/19/2019 06:41


  • Alex M.
    07/21/2019 22:52

    That kid is great