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The video showed Juanillo, who identified himself in a social media caption as a person of color, telling Alexander and her partner that they should call the police if they felt he was breaking the law.
He later told ABC7 News that the couple called the police, who he says recognized him as the resident instantly. While Juanillo was fortunate to have been recognized and unharmed, calls like this could result in injury or worse, death.
For Alexander, however, going viral as a Karen brought major consequences; she and her partner were both identified by their full names by online sleuths, which resulted in her skincare business being boycotted and her partner getting fired from his job. It was disrespectful to Mr. Juanillo and I am deeply sorry for that. Within days after the video of Cooper was shared to Twitter, Cooper was fired from her job and temporarily lost custody of her dog ; on July 6 the Manhattan DA said she would be charged for filing a false report.
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The weekend that the video of Amy Cooper in Central Park went viral was the same weekend that George Floyd was killed after now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, suffocating him. The Central Park video only highlighted the extreme violence — and potentially fatal consequences — of a white woman selfishly calling the cops out of spite and professed fear.
How the karen meme relates to the violent history of white women
In a larger sense, the mainstreaming of calling out the danger that white women and their tears pose has been building up to this moment. Meanwhile, the constant lies of white women like Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders in service of the Trump Administration have made it abundantly clear that white women can and are often complicit in oppressive systems.
Coupled with the rise of social media and the smartphone camera, the longtime narrative of white women as helpless victims in need of protection is now being challenged by video evidence of them as instigators of not only conflict, but violence. The clips documented the many encounters people had with white women who openly flouted COVID health and safety measures like wearing a mask or social distancing.
The extreme pertinence of the Karen meme right now is ificant, given that the meme had already been making the rounds online for quite some time.
Although the Karen meme appears to have existed since at least on Reddit, according to Adam Downer, associate editor at Know Your Memethe current iteration of the meme is taking on a new meaning that speaks to the sobering real-life consequences of what began as just a joke on the Internet about bad haircuts and entitlement.
Black slaves were posited as sexual threats to the white women, the wives of slave owners; in reality, slave masters were the ones raping their slaves.
A reckoning begins in central park and minneapolis
This ideology, however, perpetuated the idea that white women, who represented the good and the moral in American society, needed to be protected by white men at all costs, thus justifying racial violence towards Black men or anyone that posed a threat to their power. This narrative that was the overarching theme of Birth of a Nationthe film that was the first movie to be shown at the White House, and is often cited as the inspiration for the rebirth of the KKK. Williams says the exposure is challenging this position.
As might be expected, the Internet has found a way to jest about this power dynamic, but the very nature of a humorous approach presents a risk by downplaying the threat. The violent history is why Williams cautions against letting the at-times humorous nature of Karen memes minimize the ways in which white womanhood has long posed danger to Black and brown lives. According to Williams, Karen memes can serve different purposes for different audiences.
Social media is a platform for communicating feelings and the stronger the feeling, the more viral things go. Williams said the s of the real people who have experienced the racism documented in these memes and the hashtag, LivingWhileBlack, are helping to demand ability and are actually helping to push forward legislation, like the Oregon bill that was passed in that punishes racist callers.
She likens them to a stand-in for Black-owned newspapers and Black presses, commenting on racial inequality in a way that might not be covered otherwise. Please send any tips, le, and stories to virus time. Write to Cady Lang at cady. By Cady Lang.
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