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What is behind the repeating "white van" conspiracies?

Asked by josie (30916points) December 11th, 2019

Baltimore: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-young-white-vans-20191203-bfx466ytnjgkxmslpxrh2kriba-story.html The mayor of the city started this one. Snopes calls this false

Tennessee: https://www.oxygen.com/crime-news/white-van-hoax-gjuandell-effinger-favian-miguel-murder-baltimore-facebook This one resulted in murder

Washington D.C https://www.wired.com/2017/05/mike-obsorne-white-vans-black-suburbans/

What is this all about? Why the white van. Why not a blue van or a white pick up truck? Why any of this at all?

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

White service trucks and Vans are ubiquitous.

chyna's avatar

Do you remember when the DC sniper was killing people in Washington DC? Somehow it got out that they were in a white van. They were actually shooting from a car. But it was crazy how many white vans I noticed on the road after hearing that.

josie's avatar

I understand they are ubiquitous.

But so is the Toyota Camry and they are not constantly being suspected of nefarious activities.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@josie -and that is the beauty of the Camry. They are able to commit heinous acts undetected.That’s a smart car.
As for white vans. I used to have a recurring nightmare where I died in an accident involving a white Ford work van. it’s better than a shark attack
I feel a bit safer as this was years ago and that model year isn’t as common anymore.lol

zenvelo's avatar

When I bought a Dodge Caravan in 1998, they came in two colors – white and red. But red was only available if you bought the “sport package”. Picking the kids up at school was a nightmare, because all the vans looked alike.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Conspiracy theorists with too much time on their hands and maybe a couple puffs of wacky weed.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Vans stand out and a Toyota Camry does not. I can’t find my own Toyota Camry when I come out of a Walmart. There is also the fact that the odds are a white van will be be driven by a white working class male. Shows where the bias is these days and who people believe will be behind these crimes.

ucme's avatar

Over here in lil ol’ englandtown, there’s a phenomenon known as “white van man”
They’re tagged as being bad tempered, ignorant, error prone drivers, not without reason.

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