A California “Karen” who called the cops on a Filipino man stenciling “BLACK LIVES MATTER” in chalk on his own property said Sunday that she is “deeply sorry” for her “racist” actions and wants to have coffee with him to personally apologize.
“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,’’ Lisa Alexander said in a statement posted to Twitter — referring to her now-infamous videotaped encounter with San Francisco resident James Juanillo.
As Alexander’s husband filmed her, the woman told Juanillo that he was illegally writing on the retaining wall because it was “private property” and that she knew the owner.
Juanillo owns the building.
“I should have minded my own business,’’ wrote Alexander — who has been dubbed a “Karen,” the derogatory term for white women perceived as being entitled, on social media — in her mea culpa.
“I did not realize at the time that my actions were racist and have learned a painful lesson. I am taking a hard look at the meaning behind white privilege,” Alexander said.
“I would love to have coffee with Mr. Juanillo in our neighborhood so I can apologize in person.’’
Juanillo, who is Filipino, according to local media, had noted at one point during his own taping of the encounter, “This is why Black Lives Matter.”
Since the footage went viral, Alexander has seen her skin-care line get dropped by the makeup firm Birchbox, according to SFGATE.
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