The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is taking action against the "Karens" of the city who seek to weaponize 911 calls against people of color.
No they didn’t call it the CAREN Act!?!? 😂😂😂💀💀💀 https://t.co/8zPZFpaIIy— Tim (@Tim)1603290370.0
The Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, or "CAREN Act" is named after the internet's shorthand for white women who use their privilege to attack others, especially people of color, by calling the police for no reason.
CAREN ACT APPROVED: People can now sue over racist 911 calls in San Francisco https://t.co/2ETI52Dxrz— KRON4 News (@KRON4 News)1603239750.0
This situation has appeared repeatedly on social media over the past several years, with Karens like "Permit Patty" and "BBQ Becky" lashing out at people of color who were simply going about their lives.
They really tried hard with naming this act. "CAREN' Act "Caution Against Racially and Exploitative Non-Emergencie… https://t.co/YIFx1pTsrY— Soroor Zahra • سورور زهرا (@Soroor Zahra • سورور زهرا)1603291359.0
The CAREN Act gives the victims of such calls the right to sue in civil court those who contact 911 with "the specific intent to discriminate."
San Francisco just passed an ordinance to crack down on racist 911 calls. It's called... wait for it... the CAREN… https://t.co/1rgaKlmA7y— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1603237849.0
The Act was introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton, the Board's only Black member, who thanked his colleagues for their unanimous support, saying:
"Black and Indigenous people of color have the right to go about daily activities without being threatened by someone calling 911 on them due to racial bias."
"We don't want what happened to Emmett Till in 1955 ― or the long history of false accusations of Black men and boys in this country, due to weaponizing law enforcement to threaten, terrorize and sometimes even kill them ― to ever happen again."
Here's a perk. The CAREN Act. #CarenAct If you live in San Francisco, and someone does a phoney evil 911 call agai… https://t.co/tMMkXBcLL8— 🎱 Kent B. 🎱 🌊🌊 #BidenHarrisLandslide2020🌊🌊 (@🎱 Kent B. 🎱 🌊🌊 #BidenHarrisLandslide2020🌊🌊)1603249298.0
The new ordinance aims to protect those who are discriminated against on the basis of their "race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight, or height."
Some modest progress: San Francisco's 'Caren Act' makes placing racist 911 calls a hate crime… https://t.co/KB8jSYRwoV— Jaime Grant (@Jaime Grant)1603242545.0
Hopefully other communities will look to San Francisco when shaping their own anti-discrimination laws. Already, California Assemblyman Rob Bonta has proposed a bill which would "prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of color" by classify such erroneous 911 calls as a hate crime.
Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act,… https://t.co/9mCZLyV4SC— Shamann Walton (@Shamann Walton)1603234114.0
It's time to end discrimination in the United States.