‘Karen’ sorry for calling the cops on man who wrote Black Lives Matter on his OWN property – The Sun
A 'KAREN' has said she's sorry for calling the cops on man who wrote Black Lives Matter on his OWN property.
Viral video showed Lisa Alexander, a white woman, confronting James Juanillo, who is Filipino, as she claimed he was "defacing private property" for writing the chalk message on land he owned.
Alexander called the police – but the cops knew Juanillo and did not even get out of the car when they arrived as they knew it was his California home, CBS San Francisco reported.
Alexander sent a statement to ABC7, apologizing for her behavior in the Tuesday incident.
"I want to apologize directly to Mr. Juanillo," Alexander wrote.
"There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home.
"I should have minded my own business," Alexander wrote.
She said the last two days have "taught me that my actions were those of someone who is not aware of the damage caused by by being ignorant and naive to racial inequalities."
Alexander added she is "shocked and sad" at her behavior.
"It was disrespectful to Mr. Juanillo and I am deeply sorry for that," she wrote.
"I did not realize at the time that my actions were racist and have learned a painful lesson.
"I am going taking a hard look at the meaning behind white privilege and am committed to growing from this experience," she said.
Alexander added that she would like to have coffee with Juanillo – an offer he previously extended – to apologize in person.
"She decided to call men with guns because of chalk art,” Juanillo, who has lived in the neighborhood of Pacific Heights in San Francisco for 18 years told KPIX of Alexander.
In the video – which has been viewed over 15million times, Alexander and another man are seen confronting Juanillo for stenciling the chalk letters spelling Black Lives Matter on his property.
"Is this your property?" Alexander questions.
"It's private property sir," she adds.
Alexander then proceeds to tell Juanillo "we know the person who does live here."
Juanillo tells Alexander she can call the police and that he'd be "more than happy to talk to them."
"We're not doing anything illegal" Alexander told Juanillo when he asked for her last name.
"Neither am I," Juanillo said.
Alexander was identified by Twitter users as the CEO of LA Face Skincare.
Following the viral video, beauty subscription service Birchbox released a statement distancing itself from Alexander's company.
"There is absolutely no space at Birchbox for racism, and we condemn Lisa Alexander's actions," a statement said.
"We have not worked with LAFACE for several years and, as a result of the CEO"s actions today, have officially cut ties with them," the statement added.
The man seen walking alongside Alexander and also questioning Juanillo – now identified as Robert Larkin – also released an apology statement, ABC7 reported.
"I was wrong to question Mr. Juanillo, and I was wrong to call the neighborhood police watch. It was wrong, and I am profoundly sorry for treating him with disrespect," Larkin said.
"I have a lot to learn about how racism impacts people in their lives, daily, I have hurt my neighbor.
"I am full of regret and very sorry," he added.
The incident comes amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.
After video emerge of cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd – a 46-year-old Black man – public outrage was sparked.
Demonstrators across the nation have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as they call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.
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