San Francisco Comes for the ‘Karens’ With New Law
San Francisco supervisors have approved an ordinance banning 911 calls that serve a discriminatory purpose against people of a certain race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or ethnicity.
The Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act aims to discourage unnecessary 911 calls against people of color and other marginalized groups. Victims will be able to sue people who call the police on them for reasons of bias.
As you might have guessed, the ordinance was carefully named. The public has seen a barrage of baseless 911 calls against people of color in recent years. Many of the callers have been middle-aged white women from the upper class. They're called “Karens” in popular culture - a pejorative referring to an entitled woman over 35 that was popularized by a viral meme in 2014.
To actual Karens everywhere, our apologies. You have a perfectly lovely name. But the ‘CAREN Act’ is pure gold.