The unbreakable love affair between Karen and the Police

By Antisia King

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Karen
[ kair-in ]

WHAT DOES KAREN MEAN?
Karen is a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman.

The History of Caucasian Women versus Black Men in America

White police officers assault unarmed black men in America for many reasons. One particular reason that doesn’t seem to get enough attention is Caucasian women. It is the way in which Caucasian women use their privileged status in society to gain power over minorities, especially black men.

A few days before George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, we heard about the story of a white woman who called the authorities on a black man in Central Park for asking her to put a leash on her wandering dog. He was merely there to watch birds in the park and did not want to harm anybody.

The rules of the park specifically state that all dogs must be on a leash, so he was merely reiterating that information to her. However, she took offense to his request and took it as a threat. In reality, it was a threat to her ego and her privilege as a white woman in America.

After the man, Christian Cooper, offered her dog some treats, it apparently set off the woman, Amy Cooper (no relation). She immediately screamed and pulled out her phone to call the police. She lied and told the police that an African American man was threatening her. Meanwhile, Christian was video recording her conversation with the police on his phone. At no time did he act threatening toward her in any way.



Fortunately, the public was on Christian’s side in this case. Amy ended up losing her job over the ordeal. But what if Christian had not recorded the interaction on video? The police may very well have believed Amy’s side of the story. Given the way things are in America for black men, the police would have probably believed Amy if no evidence existed. Then Christian could have ended up being victimized by the police like George Floyd.

The History

Stories like this are nothing new in America. Our country has a long history of Caucasian women weaponizing the police to overpower black men. Caucasian women have used their privilege against black men for centuries.

During the era of slavery, black men had to do whatever Caucasian women said, or else they were brutally punished or murdered. But even after the Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, white politicians went out of their way to make the public afraid of black men.

Mississippi Lynching

In the early 1990s, Governor James Vardaman of Mississippi got elected on the campaign message of lynching every black person in the state to protect its women and children. Of course, black people were never a threat to women and children, especially at that time in American history. But white politicians like Vardaman played on people’s fears toward black people and minorities in order to get elected. Does that sound like anyone we know in the present?

After the election, the number of lynchings in Mississippi had greatly increased. Many of these lynchings were the result of white women accusing black men of rape or assault. In actuality, these black men merely looked at white women or talked to them when they weren’t supposed to.

Rumors even suggested that white women flirted with black men in order to test their willpower. But when black men did not return their advances out of fear of punishment, the white women accused them of rape and got them punished anyway. These kinds of actions by white women put black men in an impossible situation.

Tulsa Race Massacre

As the 20th century progressed, there were countless incidents of black men being victimized by white women and the police. In 1921, the famous Tulsa race massacre occurred in an Oklahoma district nicknamed “Black Wall Street.” Over 300 local black civilians were killed at the hands of white residents. And do you know how it started?

A 17-year-old Caucasian female elevator operator accused a black shoe shiner of assault. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, this black man accidentally stepped on the girl’s toe. It didn’t matter, though, because she told the police that she was assaulted by him.

After the police took the black man into custody, the local black population came to the courthouse to try and defend him. That was when all hell broke loose. White and black mobs exchanged gunfire with each other, and at least ten white men were killed. Then angry mobs of white people began looting black businesses and lynching black civilians. The ten thousand black people who survived the massacre were left without their homes and businesses.

Emmett Till

Lastly, we cannot forget about Emmett Till. He was a 14-year-old black teenager who was lynched because a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, accused him of grabbing her in a sexually crude way. An angry mob of white people tortured Emmett and then shot him in the head. Nearly six decades later, Carolyn finally admitted that she made up the story of Emmett touching her inappropriately.

Two white men did stand trial for the murder of Emmett. However, the jury consisted of all white men, and they acquitted him of the murder charge. In an interview with Look Magazine years later, those same two white men admitted what they did to Emmett. Because of the double jeopardy law, they could not be tried twice for the same crime.

The Future

Fortunately, the outcomes of these cases are much different now for black men than they were in the past. The fact that everyone today carries around a smartphone with a camera has been a great help to black men. The American people can now see with their own eyes how racist some white women and white police officers can be when they encounter black men.

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For years, the public has turned a blind eye to these kinds of incidents, but not anymore. Each time it happens and gets captured on video, it makes the public even more determined to fight for change and equality. White women have been put on notice that they no longer have the same power over black men that they once did. Maybe now they can finally accept the fact that equality in America is real and is here to stay.