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It is not ok to label all middle aged white women as "a Karen"

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  • #16
    Published today in The Atlantic, a good summary of the complex race, gender, age, and class issues going on here:


    • #17
      The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the vote, came nearly 50 years after the Fifteenth, which ruled that voting rights could not be restricted “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
      That's insightful. I’m not sure the author's reference to To Kill a Mockingbird applies, though. Harper Lee, given her social position and upbringing under the influence of the American eugenics movement used anti-racism as a device to justify fear and loathing of the Southern underclass.
      Thirty-two states passed eugenic-sterilization laws during the twentieth century, and between sixty and seventy thousand people were sterilized under them. The rhetoric of the movement toned down after the U.S. went to war with Germany; most American eugenicists abandoned their explicit praise of the Nazi project, and the field dwindled as an area of officially sanctioned research. (The disassociation did not go both ways: Buck v. Bell was cited by the defense at Nuremberg.) But the sterilization rate remained high even after the Second World War. So many poor Southerners underwent the procedure that it became known as a “Mississippi appendectomy.” It was only in the nineteen-sixties and seventies, with evolving attitudes toward civil and human rights, that states began repealing their sterilization laws.
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      • #18

        Shamann Walton


        Oct 20
        Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, aka CAREN Act, on first reading (1 more reading next week), 911 calls, are not customer service for people’s racism. #CARENact


        The above person is, I believe, the person who authored and named the "Caren" act to mimic the racist, ageist, sexist, degrading name calling of "Karen".

        It is not good governance to ridicule and degrade one group of citizens as a way to protect another group.


        No wonder San Francisco is going into the toilet.


        • #19
          San Francisco ‘CAREN Act’ lets people sue over racist 911 calls

          City set to enact the CAREN Act, through hate crime legislation, targeting needless 9/11 calls on people of colour.

          20 Oct 2020

          Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of colour selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders are set to approve hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller.

          ... It’s a nod to a popular meme using the name “Karen” to describe an entitled white woman whose actions stem from her privilege, such as using police to target people of colour.

          Sounds like a future lawsuit: white women versus San Francisco.