A woman from Montclair, New Jersey, was caught on video calling the police on a pair of Black lawyers minding their own business in their own yard.
The woman, identified as "Susan" in the video, approaches the homeowners and demanded they show her their permit to build a patio on their property (it turns out they didn't need one).
When the Black homeowners refused to do what she wanted, Susan called the police and claimed she'd been physically assaulted.
You can watch the video here:
One of the homeowners, Fareed Nassor Hayat, said this "Karen" works for the Environmental Protection Agency.
He also wrote online:
"She invoked centuries of brutality in her call to the police and sought to put her black neighbors back in their place. But to her surprise, her efforts were met by two proudly black human beings, parents, lawyers, law professors, activist, community members, neighbors and fighters, who refused to submit."
please never try to tell me racism isn’t alive and well in Montclair, NJ. https://t.co/4ZneDqkztF— sophia. /looking for work/ (@sophia. /looking for work/)1593520693.0
https://t.co/NOOOjAOdmg— sophia. /looking for work/ (@sophia. /looking for work/)1593520696.0
Hayat also thanked his White neighbors for standing up to the neighbor's blatant racism.
"Their efforts were antiracist ideology at work. Each neighbor declared to her and the police that she summoned, that she was a lie and no such assault occurred. She left our home rejected and unfulfilled, yet still empowered to do future harm."
Very last minute a group of young citizens came out in protest of the actions displayed in the video. All peaceful… https://t.co/jtS2Ixjb1x— sophia. /looking for work/ (@sophia. /looking for work/)1593549176.0
A peaceful protest today in Montclair, organized by local youth, to the home of Susan Schulz, recently caught on ta… https://t.co/GRNkMCYy8l— JT Coop (@JT Coop)1593552831.0
Many protests were quickly organized in the neighborhood of the video, though Susan did not show her face again.
Black lives matter protest in Montclair, NJ. Police escorted, peaceful, all ages, all races. #NJPROTEST… https://t.co/Q0YfFFBHSp— Mark Skidmore (@Mark Skidmore)1591560366.0
The cops were called, arriving after a majority of the protesters had left. https://t.co/3RVh391vv5— sophia. /looking for work/ (@sophia. /looking for work/)1593549232.0
The incident encouraged many in Montclair to closer examine their lifestyles and how the community may contribute to systemic racism.
For a glimpse of #SystemicRacism and individual #racists in #Montclair, read the testimonies of https://t.co/uRGOxQnnic.— Alexis Romay (@Alexis Romay)1593567169.0
It’s not just Montclair. Most towns in northern NJ that are predominantly white are racist. In this dissertation I will list—— Ashley! Ashlie! Ashlée! (@Ashley! Ashlie! Ashlée!)1593548389.0
Lots of people think Montclair is some sort of progressive, liberal haven. It's not. It's a lot of rich white peopl… https://t.co/AT70xEqFQq— Mama Roxy (@Mama Roxy)1593541020.0
The entire country has been experiencing a racial reckoning as communities come to terms with the ways minorities continue to be oppressed.
Some use-of-force stats for Montclair, NJ. Black people in Montclair made up about 24% of the population but were t… https://t.co/qQxaratIXJ— Carla Astudillo (@Carla Astudillo)1593543149.0
In the meantime, Twitter made sure this "Karen" was denounced for her racist behavior.
@_SJPeace_ Susan from Montclair will soon be crying and apologizing just like all the other racist Karens that are filmed being racist.— Josh (@Josh)1593571074.0
@sophialavergne As a Black woman who lived in Montclair for over 18yrs, I’m not surprised because racism has no hom… https://t.co/zQ3kQ9hN5Y— Belandy Gard (@Belandy Gard)1593540772.0
The world is rapidly moving forward and those who are willing to weaponize systemic racism for their own convenience are finding no place in it.