The purpose of this blog is to analyze why certain people (Karen) contact the police with false allegations of criminal activity and to prove that these false allegations should be charged as felonies and not misdemeanors crimes. The information listed on this blog will provide examples of cases of false police reporting, the people that are often targeted as a result of this false police reporting, and some of the consequences that have occurred as a result of these deceitful acts. I believe that after reading this blog I will prove that the “Karen” effect is not a new phenomenon but an old recipe that has plagued our society for centuries. Since the “Karen” effect was popularized through social media posts, the world has been shocked by the audacity of these privileged acts. The evidence that is provided in this blog will overwhelmingly prove that false police reporting should not by any means be charged as a fine or a misdemeanor but charged and convicted as a felony! What is a false report? Making a false report, relates to alerting authorities of a misdemeanor or felony crime, knowing that the details of the incident are incorrect or the incident itself did not occur. Additionally, the act is also illegal if during an investigation you gave false statements in relation to a crime.” This type of crime reporting will cause police to be removed from crimes that can require serious police attention and unnecessary use of other police resources such as specialized departments. Since the COVID-19 pandemic a large portion of our society became fixated with posting and observing outrageous social media reporting. The year 2020 I believe will go down in history as the most memorable and shocking year of our time. We paid more attention to the actions of others and took our dislikes to those actions to the streets, literally. Police abuse and social media “Karen” behavior would not be tolerated. These racially motivated crimes have no place in our society and have to be called out for the sake of our communities welfare.
In recent years, we have seen an influx of “Karen” and otherwise nickname white women gain infamy on the internet. Though sometimes the behavior of these women is innocuous and merely entitled, the pejorative nickname “Karen” has also become a term for white women engaging in racist behavior. A typical scenario involves a white woman calling the police on a Black person or person of color for doing something harmless, such as asking a dog walker to put her dog on a leash, or barbecuing. These women are recorded, and subsequently called out on the internet, sometimes even resulting in their loss of employment. Cutesy nicknames such as “Permit Patty” and “BBQ Becky” have also been given to these women with the requisite hashtags trending on Twitter. There is even a Twitter account dedicated to calling them out: @KarensGoneWild. Black Entertainment Television (BET) has an online “Karen Hall of Fame” documenting the most famous examples of this behavior. Due to the nature, intent of this deceitful behavior, and the consequences that past false police reporting have precipitated, these women should face aggregate punishments.
This is a hate crime and should be executed as such. For example, the role of states and cities to pass laws and ordinances that make racially motivated 911 calls a hate crime (laws that are already emerging across the county). I will argue that the highest value of these laws is to send a message, and to help change the cultural narrative around white women from harmless victims to potential racist aggressors. The “Karen” effect is also considered to be false police reporting but race is more than likely the motivating factor. According to Wikipedia Karen is a pejorative term for a white woman perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. The term is a meme depicting white women who use their privilege to demand their own way. Depictions may include demanding to “speak to the manager”, being racist or sporting a particular bob cut hairstyle.” The term “Karen” was coined in 2020 but this troubling behavior by some white women can be traced back to the 1930’s. The killing of Emmett Till is arguably the most disturbing story of false reporting in 1955 because Emmett Till was just fourteen years old. But, lately the world has had to watch some of the most disturbing and uncomfortable videos posted on social media of Black people or people of color having the police call on them for simply walking in the park, swimming in a hotel pool or shopping in a certain store by a white woman. But let’s address what I believe to be one of the most horrific cases of the “Karen” effect. The killing of Emmett Till. What’s sad is that last year ABC news reported that no other charges will be brought and that the Biden administration is officially closing the case.
According to Wikipedia, In 1955 the two men Bryant and Milam admitted to killing Emmett Till but did so after being found not guilty by an all white jury. The only perpetrator alive today is the white woman who initiated the false allegation, Carolyn Bryant. Carolyn Bryant was a privileged “white married proprietor of a small grocery store.” Today she is defined as a “Karen.” The lie and hateful act caused the unspeakable death of a young Black 14 year old male. According to a article in History, on August 28, 1955, while visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14 year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, is brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His assailants-the white woman’s husband and his brother-made Emmett carried a 75-pound cotton gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and ordered him to take off his clothes. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head and then threw his body, tied to the cotton gin fan with barbed wire, into the river. According to a June 30, 2022 CBS news report, an arrest warrant for Bryant has been found in a Mississippi courthouse basement almost 70 years later! Will justice be served? Or will this false accuser “Karen” escape the punishment that she deserves? Doubt it! According to an article published by Okayplayer on August 1, 2022, Bryant was found living in Kentucky with her 71 year old son. Bryant is now 88 and receiving end of life hospice care.
Another Black man falsely accused of committing a crime was Brian Banks. Brian was a junior in 2002 and had made plans to attend USC on a football scholarship but before he could step foot on a college campus he was falsely accused of rape by a classmate. The classmate was a white female named Wanetta Gibson. Banks always claimed his innocents but was convicted of rape and spent nearly 6 years in prison and five years on parole. Brian was released on parole but as a result of his incarceration the college scholarship was lost and his criminal record was tarnished with an aggravated felony. Although Gibson later confessed that she lied, the damages had been done. Brian’s story is seen as a story of vindication. But is that where the story should end? I argue that the accuser should be made to face the punishment that her actions provoked. Society applauds the outcomes of the great comebacks but forgets or has no idea what the accused has suffered. The mental and physical trauma associated with these deceitful acts are often not addressed. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I believe is an ongoing effect that will have an impact on the accused for the rest of their lives. My opinion is based on my own personal experience of being incarcerated for a false allegation. I suffer from PTSD!
As a former Houston police officer, our duty was to study and apply the Texas penal codes for the State of Texas. What I understood was laws are designed to fit the full circumstances of the crime. The circumstances of false police reporting can no longer be penalized with misdemeanor charges. The repercussions of the “Karen” effect has caused long term incarcerations and even death. When a homicide is charged and convicted there is a possible life sentence in prison or possibly the death penalty. The offender knows that the punishment will be harsh. Most “Karen’s” can be viewed on camera phone video’s boasting and screaming at a Black person or person of color threatening to report false criminal behavior. According to the penal code of Texas when a perpetrator willingly and knowingly commits an offense it is a crime. Were not the actions of these perpetrators meant to cause harm?
The above examples are just a couple of examples of allegations and consequences that have occurred for centuries. The laws should change to reflect the full nature of these crimes because the purpose of the predators has been shown to cause the most horrific imaginable outcome for the accused. Crying and apologizing on national television for actions that the “Karen” has now realized was racist behavior is an injustice to others who have made mistakes and realized the errors of their actions but were still given harsh sentences. The “Karen” behavior or effects has caused some of the most despicable and grave repercussions. These stories and the million other cases of false police reporting should be the determining factor of why this hateful act should immediately be implemented as a felony by congress and our local
lawmakers. Although “Karen” is defined as a privileged white woman crime, those who assist “Karen” should also be held accountable such as the arresting police officer and the district attorney that files the charges. Evidence of social media postings have proven that “Karen” behavior stems from the hate of another person’s dark skin color. If for no other reason, this reason determines that these crimes are hate crimes and need to be punished as such. The outrage of these crimes have recently become an internet phenomenon but I believe that this hateful behavior has historically dismantled black and brown communities for years. The “Karen” meme, effect or behavior is just a new name to describe an old disease, HATE.
Written by: Tracie Brown