Social justice is at the forefront today, with the Black Lives Matter movement leading the charge against racism in this country. A couple of days ago, a San Francisco lawmaker introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. It is called the CAREN (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) Act.
First began as meme shorthand to describe white women acting in an entitled way, it has become a concise way to clock white women acting up, especially when that behavior involves racism or another form of discrimination.
This isn’t the first time that a law like this has been passed. Ron Bonta, a member of the California state assembly, has also introduced similar legislation at the state level. In a news response, he said, "If you are afraid of a Black family barbecuing in the community park, a man dancing and doing his normal exercise routine in the bike lane or someone who asks you to comply with dog leash laws in a park, and your immediate response is to call the police, the real problem is with your own personal prejudice."
It’s already illegal to file a false police report in California, but Walton’s CAREN Act would make it unlawful for someone to fabricate a discriminatory report. The bill would also allow the target of the call to sue the caller in court.
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Chloe Berg is a Leavenworth native and student at Benedictine College.