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driving while black (used ironically to refer to the stopping of a black motorist by police because of the motorist's skin color rather than for any real offense).
Origin of DWB
1985-90; patterned on DWI Unabridged
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verb phrase

: Nor does William Julius Wilson wonder why he was stopped near a small New England town by a policeman. There's a moving violation that many African-Americans know as DWB: Driving While Black (1990s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Doctors Without Borders
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