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Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport is leaving the publication in a scandal. The editor is facing pressure from readers and people of color after a photo of him in brownface to be Puerto Rican for Halloween resurfaced.

An old social media post is haunting Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport.

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Rapoport was part of what appears to be a couples costume of a Puerto Rican couple. The editor wore makeup to make his skin darker in the photo that has been circulating on social media. The addition of the pencil-thin goatee and necklace are attempting to highlight a stereotypical dress in the Puerto Rican community.

After the photo went viral, editors from Bon Appétit’s test kitchen came out against Rapoport’s behavior.

According to various people at Bon Appétit, creators of color were making significantly less than their white counterparts. Sohla El-Waylly is one of the editors who appears in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen YouTube videos and claims that only white editors were paid for those videos.

“I’ve been pushed in front of video as a display of diversity,” she wrote in her Instagram stories. “None of the people of color were compensated.”

El-Waylly, one of the most beloved Test Kitchen personalities, is also being paid a very small salary, everything considered.

New York City is notorious for being an expensive city to live in. According to Glassdoor, the average base-pay salary for an assistant video editor in New York City is more than $59,000. Fans are angered to know that El-Waylly was paid so little considering all of the work she did for Bon Appétit.

Since El-Waylly came forward with her accusations, others have followed suit.

Editors and readers of the magazine launched a social media campaign to highlight the racial disparities in Bon Appétit. There are accusations that some creators of color were paid $400 per video while white counterparts made considerably more money.

In the case of El-Waylly, the assistant editor was often on camera on her own as well as guiding less experienced white colleagues through their videos. Readers of the magazine are demanding fair compensation for El-Waylly and editors are demanding fair titles for their work.

Rapoport posted an apology on Instagram.

In the apology, Rapoport acknowledged his blind spots in hiring and paying the creators of color. However, people are not feeling pity for the editor. Comments on the post are calling on Bon Appétit to take Rapoport’s salary and use it to pay the creators of color.

Rapoport also apologized for the brownface costume acknowledging that he has not been fighting for an inclusive environment. The power of social media is being hailed as the driving force for Paraport’s resignation from the magazine within hours of extreme pressure from editors and readers.

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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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Another day and another white person – or in this case, a white couple – have terrorized a person of color and gone viral in the process. Many are calling this white couple ‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ after video shows them blocking a Latino man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas, the Mexican-American man who the couple targeted, filmed the incident just as the couple became violent and threatened him with further violence.

The encounter is just the latest after a barrage of similar instances of racial profiling that have continued over the backdrop of anti-racism protests. 

A now viral video shows a white couple blocking a Mexican-American man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas was pulling into his apartment complex’s garage in San Francisco, when he became the latest victim of a ‘Karen’ and ‘Ken.’ He had just returned home from grocery shopping and used his key fob to open the building’s garage door when suddenly a white SUV pulled in ahead of him and refused to move forward.

The couple in the white SUV claimed Barajas was trespassing, called him a criminal and threatened to call the police.

“That’s fine. Call the cops. Why are you even calling the cops about, Karen?” the video shows Barajas responding.

In an Instagram post, Barajas said the white man “thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them.” One of Barajas’ neighbors, who is also white, was outside smoking and intervened in the situation. The driver then got out of a white SUV with Florida plates, beat the neighbor up, “and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave,” said Barajas.

Barajas says he started filming the incident once the couple got aggressive and threatening.

Barajas, 28, told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

“Given the current political climate, and certainly I’m Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home,” Barajas told KNTV.

After several minutes, a bystander who also lives in the apartment complex, intervened. “Dude, pull into your space or go!” the bystander said.

The man, who has since been identified as William Beasley, then exits the SUV from the passenger side, confronts the person who hit his car and reportedly assaults him by knocking him to the ground, according to ABC7 News

According to Barajas, the woman in the SUV then got out to try and coax Beasley back into the car. She also allegedly tried to pay Barajas and the neighbor (who had been assaulted) to not call the cops or file charges.

Since the video’s release, the white man – William Beasley – has been fired from his tech job.

Barajas shared the video of the incident to his Instagram, where it has been seen more than 150,000 times.

Since the video was uploaded, APEX Systems, where Beasley was an employee, has fired him after conducting an internal review of the incident. In a brief statement, they said they would not “tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind.”

And the apartment complex where the encounter took place, SOMA Residences, said in a statement that they’re ‘actively working to resolve’ the incident and do not condone ‘violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment.’

Barajas said he’s satisfied with the outcome and feels inspired to keep speaking out on behalf of minorities.

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From his apartment complex to the bystander who intervened on his behalf, Barajas said he’s grateful for the response he’s received and for how far he’s been able to come in life.

“I’ve always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here,” he said in a now-deleted Instagram post.

In the same post, he questions what would have happened had this happened to an undocumented person and didn’t know how to handle the situation? It’s a very good point that will cause many people to pause and re-examine how they react to situations like this one.

VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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Another day, another viral video on social media of a racist person getting confronted. This time, a white woman in Sacramento got punched by a Black woman after calling her the N-word.

Another Karen is going viral after calling a Black woman the N-word. *Warning: Strong Language*

Social media has proven to be the best tool to catch these racist incidents as they happen. There have been several videos to be posted recently. Tbh, it seems that the videos are much more common after some people were forced to spend time at home away from people. That racism seems to have just been waiting to come out.

Like any other video on social media, people have their own opinions.

Most people on the Internet are siding with the woman who threw the punches. The country is having a reckoning moment with racism. Protesters have been marching in major cities demanding police reform, which is happening. With emotions running high, these examples of racial tensions exploding are indicative of the place the country is in.

Across the board, people agree the violence is wrong but people of color are finding it hard to totally disavow what happened.

Hate crimes have significantly increased since President Trump took office. The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes against several minority groups across the country during Trump’s time in office. This increase comes after hate groups grew at alarming rates during the Obama administration in response to Barack Obama’s victory.

People are tired of being subjected to bigoted and dangerous rhetoric. The temperament of the American people went from excusing this behavior to a majority of Americans seeking to become anti-racist.

Yet, people are still coming with jokes on social media.

According to TMZ, the police responded to a call at the convenience store and the white woman was being treated for minor injuries. She originally did not want to press charges but changed her mind. TMZ reports that the Sacramento Police Department claims the Black woman in the video has not been arrested yet her husband claims she has.

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