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

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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People Are Trying To Cancel Jimmy Kimmel After A Blackface Video And Audio Of Him Using The N-Word Go Viral

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People Are Trying To Cancel Jimmy Kimmel After A Blackface Video And Audio Of Him Using The N-Word Go Viral

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Not long ago, people were dragging Jimmy Fallon around Twitter for an incident of blackface. Jimmy Kimmel was mentioned but it wasn’t until recently that the talk show host has had to face his one moments of blackface and using the N-word.

Jimmy Kimmel is facing his own past of blackface and racist language.

Celebrities are being held accountable for their racist pasts from old social media posts to videos of them in blackface. Jimmy Kimmel is the latest target after videos of him in blackface numerous times and a recording of him saying the N-word have gone viral.

An audio clip of Kimmel using the N-word has also circulated on social media.

In 1996, Kimmel imitated Snoop Dogg on a Christmas album called “A Family Christmas In Your Ass.” Kimmel used the N-word in the lyrics of the song that was used to imitate Snoop Dogg. In a podcast from January 2013, Kimmel was asked about his Snoop Dogg impersonation and he admitted that he liked to impersonate Black people.

Kimmel issued an apology that was just off the mark.

Kimmel attempts to address the controversy but he doesn’t fully own up to what he had done. Kimmel doesn’t address the blackface by name. Instead, Kimmel vaguely addresses the issues of both blackface and using the N-word.

Kimmel argues that part of the backlash he is facing is from conservative voices who are upset with him. Kimmel has been very vocal against President Trump and his attacks on vulnerable communities. Kimmel argues in his apology that most of the anger is an attempt to silence him against Trump.

There are some people on social media who agree with Kimmel’s argument but still want to see him dragged.

Kimmel’s apology clearly is not helping him with his case. It wasn’t long ago that Jimmy Fallon was the focus because of his blackface moment in “Saturday Night Live.” The pressure is on when it comes to race and racial justice in this country. People have to be held accountable for their actions.

READ: Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch