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Arizona Karen’s Husband Blames Wife’s Mental Illness For Racist Tirade

Update: June 10, 2020, 12:03 p.m. PST: Tamara Harrian became a household name when she was slapped for telling a woman to go back to Mexico. The Arizona Karen caused anger after confronting a Native American woman in a convenience store and flew into a racist tirade unprovoked.

Bob Harrian, Tamara’s husband, spoke out about the incident defending his wife.

Bob spoke with FOX 10 Phoenix about the incident that has gone viral. Bob gave a tearful interview with the FOX affiliate defending his wife and her actions.

“Karina, I don’t know what to say. I’m just so sorry,” Harrian told FOX 10. “I’m just so sorry that this happened. You never walked into that store thinking something like this was going to happen. I understand, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what she said. It was very hateful. It was — it’s indefensible, but I just have to tell you this. It’s her mental illness. A year ago, she would never done — never have even thought of that.”

Karina Rodriguez was at a convenience store when Tamara began to berate her, according to a video posted on Facebook. Tamara told Rodriguez that she needs to go back to her country. Rodriguez argued back saying that Native American people are literally from the U.S., unlike people of European descent. The confrontation escalated into Rodriguez slapping Tamara after Tamara grabbed her by the arm and tried to continue the argument.

Original: Racism is a rampant problem in the U.S. The nation is being to confront that reality after the death of George Floyd. Protests have raged in major U.S. cities against the systemic racism that has been deadly and dangerous for minorities. A white woman in Arizona is facing her own repercussions after telling a woman to go back to her country.

A white woman in Arizona was slapped after telling someone to go back to their country.

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Posted by Greg Conn on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Racial tensions are boiling over across the country. Social media and smartphones are making it possible to push these examples of blatant racism. It is 2020 and people still think it is okay to verbally and physically attack people for their skin color or ethnicity.

The latest example of U.S.-grown racism comes from Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who is being included in the growing list of problematic Karens, faced physical punishment for her offensive comments.

The woman confronted another customer telling her to go back to her country and that’s when things got heated.

The video starts with the young woman asking the older white woman if she is the manager. The white woman claims to be and begins to tell the young woman and her friend that they have to leave the store. According to comments from people who live in the area, the employees of the convenience store say she is not a manager at the store.

“Excuse me but you did say that she needs to go back to her country,” says the person recording the confrontation. “What is that?”

“This is my country,” the young woman being yelled at says. “Literally, Native Americans are from this country. White people are not from this country. Don’t serve her. Don’t serve her racist a**.”

The smack at the end of the video has people of color on Twitter celebrating.

Towards the end of the video, the white woman approaches the young woman and tells her that she is going back to Mexico. As she leaves, the spins around and claims she was touched by the young woman, and everyone in the store denies it. When she gets in the young woman’s face again, she is slapped and mumbles, “Oh my god” repeatedly as she walks out of the store.

Everyone in the store was supporting the young woman.

The man recording, identified as Greg Conn on Facebook, is heard siding with the young woman again at the end. The woman is stunned as she leaves the convenience store after being slapped for telling the woman to go back to Mexico.

“Yup. You deserved it,” the man says to the white woman as she leaves the business. “You pushed her and she slapped you. That was self-defense on her part.”

Some people on social media think that the woman got off easy with one slap.

It might be one slap, but you can hear the generations of trauma pushing her hand. Others are celebrating the young woman telling her that she is not from this country as her ancestors originated in Europe and colonized the U.S.

It shows that despite a deadly pandemic and major Black Lives Matter demonstrations, some people can’t let go of their hate.

“Oh my god,” indeed. It is 2020 and people have had enough with racism in our society. Thousands of people have maintained sustained marches across the country demanding change in policing and justice for Black and brown people killed by police for their skin color. Yet, this woman is still telling Native American people to go back to their country.

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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.

Credit: Michael Barajas / Facebook

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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