Another Day, Another Karen: Apartment Complex Employee Suspended for Blocking Black Residents From Swimming Pool

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Screenshot: @royaal_e (Twitter)

You can tell a lot of Karens don’t be on the internet like that because, if they were, they’d know that black people with camera phones are cracking down on Karen behavior like never before.

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In today’s episode of White Women Who Don’t Think Black People Belong Literally Anywhere: an apartment complex in Knoxville, Tenn., has placed one of its employees on disciplinary leave after she was caught on camera blocking a group of black residents from entering the complex’s swimming pool area.

ABC affiliate WATE 6 reports that Knox Ridge apartments tweeted Wednesday that the employee—who hasn’t been identified so we’ll just call her Karennosaurus Becks—was suspended while her employers investigate the incident and allegations of racial profiling made by a group of black women, one of whom recorded the altercation and posted the footage on social media.

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In the video, The Karenator (I decided I didn’t like the first name so I changed it) can be heard telling the woman, whose Twitter handle is @royaal_e, and her friends that they aren’t allowed to go into the pool area because it’s only for residents. The Black woman tells Becky With the Empty Spice Racks (yeah, I’m just going to keep changing it because now I think it’s funny) that she’s been paying rent since March. She then offers up her apartment number and tells the Susanite to look up her information.

When asked by the black woman why she thinks she doesn’t live there and why white residents are being let in without question, Swimming Pool Sarah reached all the way to the peak of Mount Caucasity for a response and said, “I know everybody that lives here.”

“You don’t know everybody that lives here just because you live here,” @royaal_e responds. “Just because you don’t remember me doesn’t mean that I don’t live here. That’s very rude of you to just assume that I don’t live here.”

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Pigeon-lip Peggy responds, “I do know everybody. Bitch, you haven’t even come in and done your paperwork, right?”

Side note: I had to listen to that part of the video several times to make sure I was hearing it right and this white woman actually did call the black woman a bitch. I just couldn’t believe that the video didn’t cut off right then and there so that the black women could beat the ever-loving breaks off of Doorman Donna. But I’m not the only one who heard it.

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After the video was posted to Twitter, plenty of people chimed in to comment on how unprofessional Go-Away Gabby was being, and how this was a clear case of racial profiling.

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The next day, Knox Ridge posted an acknowledgment of the incident to its Twitter account.

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“Knox Ridge is aware of the incident that occurred [yesterday] involving a staff member and resident,” the statement reads. “We have placed the employee on disciplinary leave while we review this matter further. As a community, we have absolutely no tolerance for discrimination – inadvertent or otherwise. We intend to revisit our training program for all staff, in order to do our part to prevent situations like this happening in the future. Our top priority is ensuring our residents feel at home and welcome.”

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Hopefully, consequences won’t end at “disciplinary leave” and Racist Rachel won’t be going back to work at all.

Zack Linly is a poet, performer, freelance writer, blogger and grown man lover of cartoons

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porkchopjonson
PorkChopJonson

I’m from Knoxville and while it’s definitely not at all what it was like when I was growing up, UT keep it more even keeled racially than basically anywhere in a 20 mile radius of Knoxville.

I do however remember the first time I was profiled in Knoxville. It was in 7th grade science class when we were talking about genetics and taxonomy. People were chosen “randomly” to tell the class about their specific family history and then the teacher would have them stand up so she could point out which of their visible traits were genetically distinctive.

She picked me last because she said she needed and example of an “Other”. She dead ass told me “I look at you and I just have no idea of what you are.” I stood up and explained to the class that I’m the offspring of 2 bi-racial parents. They didn’t know whether to shit or go blind but they had no idea what that meant in the context of the lesson that day.

The teacher knew just what to say though. She said “Well that explains it, you aren’t really anything are you?” And that does actually sum up my legitimate stake in the race game. No matter who’s “winning”, I’m losing because I don’t “fit” anywhere unless here’s a gathering of people who use to many “quotation marks” in their narratives.