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CAREN Act To Stop Racially Motivated Police Calls Proposed By California Lawmaker

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GagaJo Fri 10-Jul-20 00:56:56

www.ladbible.com/news/weird-caren-act-to-stop-racially-motivated-911-calls-proposed-20200709?fbclid=IwAR0skM_QqKY5tjb45I0e6rhJ-v5qhGOFDzXwADi0FLtbS6l6lpUoFbRdJMQ

A new law proposed by a lawmaker in California is aimed at stopping people from making racially motivated calls to the police.

It's been proposed by San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, and is called the 'CAREN' act, which stands for Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies.

Recently there has been a large uptick in incidents during which white women call the police to make reports against people of colour who they claim have made them feel uncomfortable while they're going about their daily business.

These people have become known colloquially as 'Karens'.

Calls to police can put the subject of those frivolous 911 contacts in danger of arrest for a crime they haven't committed, or an interaction with the police that could otherwise have been avoided.

Just recently, Amy Cooper called the police on a man who was birdwatching in a New York park because he'd asked her if she could put her dog onto a leash.

Then, closer to where the law is being proposed, Jennifer Schulte called the police when she saw two black men having a barbecue in a park.

A woman also threatened to call the cops on a man for stenciling 'Black Lives Matter' in chalk on his own house.

This new law aims to punish those who think they can use the police to intimidate people of colour who have done nothing wrong.

Walton argues that the proposed measures 'are part of a larger nationwide movement to address racial biases and implement consequences for weaponizing emergency resources with racist intentions'.

It's similar to a bill put forward by California State Assembly member Rob Bonta that calls for people who use law enforcement in a way that is biased towards people for their race, class, appearance, or religion.

Speaking about that piece of legislation, Bonta said: "This bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of colour."

Let's hope that it makes a difference.

Txquiltz Fri 10-Jul-20 01:54:01

Please research this further. While the most egregious "Karen's" do seem to target people of color, they have also been shown spreading their viciousness elsewhere. An example was a "Karen" that coughed several times on a 2 year old in a stroller because the child's mother said the Karen didn't have a mask on. The mother's conversation was with a friend. Upon investigation, the cougher was a local special education teacher. She was fired for endangering a child.

rosecarmel Fri 10-Jul-20 03:08:19

So much ignorance .. It's incredibly sad- They can tote a gun and assault people physically but can't handle wearing a mask that weighs next to nothing- They will wear them for hunting, riding motorcycles and work-

Galaxy Fri 10-Jul-20 06:45:22

They are not known locally as Karen's, Karen has become a term used world wide, its unpleasant misogyny.

Riverwalk Fri 10-Jul-20 06:58:13

Hadley Freeman wrote an interesting piece in The Guardian in April. I agree with her that this silly 'Karen' meme, particularly when applied in the UK, is sexist and classist.

It's come to mean any woman, particularly older, and originates, according to Freeman, from a US comedian in 2005 joking

“Every [friendship] group has a Karen, and she’s always a bag of douche.”

Karen article

Sparkling Fri 10-Jul-20 07:08:40

Why this obsession with America? We can't do anything here. We have enough to worry about. I have never heard the term Karen, except for a good friend who lives in US. This is why I don't read the Guardian. When I do look at an article quoted it is always from that newspaper and the request for donations. I find it very depressing, we are coping with this Pandemic and certainly not interested in these random stories.

Riverwalk Fri 10-Jul-20 07:13:35

You seem to have spectacularly missed the essence of The Guardian article.

As for that newspaper requesting donations - you do know why that is don't you?

Interested enough to open the thread and post a comment though! grin

MawB Fri 10-Jul-20 07:33:54

Riverwalk I appreciate that (I hope) you are not spreading this awful thing about people called Karen.
I have only become aware of it in the last couple of weeks and am feeling totally victimised and persecuted.
I think it is cruel and wrong in every way.

Illte Fri 10-Jul-20 07:40:57

Is your name Karen, Maw? I totally agree. It's a horrid thing to do to a name and the people whose name it is.

It's a nasty form of persecution too. From people who say they're trying to stop persecution 😒

MawB Fri 10-Jul-20 08:06:59

rosecarmel

So much ignorance .. It's incredibly sad- They can tote a gun and assault people physically but can't handle wearing a mask that weighs next to nothing- They will wear them for hunting, riding motorcycles and work-

Please define your terms rosecarmel
Who are “they” ?
From pictures in the media recently one might assume you mean a massive tranche of Americans, in particular Republicans which I hope is not the case.

sodapop Fri 10-Jul-20 08:51:35

Spot on MawB

GagaJo Fri 10-Jul-20 08:55:34

Friends of mine was told to ‘Sit down Karen’ last week. She founded it funny.

MawB Fri 10-Jul-20 08:56:28

GagaJo

Friends of mine was told to ‘Sit down Karen’ last week. She founded it funny.

Why?

NanaandGrampy Fri 10-Jul-20 09:22:07

ah but is she called 'Karen' Gagajo?

I suspect its very different if your name is Karen .

It reminds me of a series of radio ads for the directory service 'Call Maureen- she's cheap' . There were a lot of ladies called Maureen who weren't thrilled about that.

growstuff Fri 10-Jul-20 09:24:20

Thank you for explaining the term "Karen". I hadn't realised the significance.

Galaxy Fri 10-Jul-20 09:24:26

People laugh at misogyny all the time. There is a really good article I think by Hadley Feeman about the misogyny and class origins of the use of Karen.

GagaJo Fri 10-Jul-20 09:33:41

She’s a good friend, but I admit she can come across as overbearing. Not racist tho.

growstuff Fri 10-Jul-20 09:43:37

Galaxy

People laugh at misogyny all the time. There is a really good article I think by Hadley Feeman about the misogyny and class origins of the use of Karen.

Thank you Galaxy. The memes I've received have been women behaving quite appallingly. I've received some of men too, but they don't have a "name" attached. I had no idea where it was coming from

Galaxy Fri 10-Jul-20 10:40:30

Dont get me wrong I stand with people who criticise those who report people because of the colour of their skin, that behaviour is appalling, but the karen thing has become something else entirely in my view.

MawB Fri 10-Jul-20 10:51:42

Galaxy

Dont get me wrong I stand with people who criticise those who report people because of the colour of their skin, that behaviour is appalling, but the karen thing has become something else entirely in my view.

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I would not dream of referring to someone as a “Sharon, Tracey, Kevin, Walter,” or any name with the intention of endowing that name with pejorative connotations. Alas, thanks to the likes of the post by txquiltz and the snide allusion in the post at 8.55 by Gagajo this adolescent poison now seems to be spreading to GN.

rosecarmel Fri 10-Jul-20 11:08:07

MawB

Riverwalk I appreciate that (I hope) you are not spreading this awful thing about people called Karen.
I have only become aware of it in the last couple of weeks and am feeling totally victimised and persecuted.
I think it is cruel and wrong in every way.

Hahaha!

Pigeon hole an entire country: Acceptable

Pigeon hole a single name: Persecution

Predictable!

rosecarmel Fri 10-Jul-20 11:14:21

MawB

Galaxy

Dont get me wrong I stand with people who criticise those who report people because of the colour of their skin, that behaviour is appalling, but the karen thing has become something else entirely in my view.

✔️✔️✔️
I would not dream of referring to someone as a “Sharon, Tracey, Kevin, Walter,” or any name with the intention of endowing that name with pejorative connotations. Alas, thanks to the likes of the post by txquiltz and the snide allusion in the post at 8.55 by Gagajo this adolescent poison now seems to be spreading to GN.

Shaming- 😂

Illte Fri 10-Jul-20 11:24:25

I don't get what rosecarmel is saying.

Can someone explain it to me please.

rosecarmel Fri 10-Jul-20 11:33:56

I don't get what Illte is asking, can someone explain?

Riverwalk Fri 10-Jul-20 11:38:36

In the UK these pejorative connotations with names and 'witty' alliterations are coined and perpetuated by middle class comedians/journalists, e.g. Essex girls, Croydon facelift, Scousebrow, pram face, etc., and are directly aimed at working class women.

Insidious.