Over the weekend, someone tweeted this apology from St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson into my timeline:
I’d like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall today. This was during one of my Facebook updates as I was answering routine questions. Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and again, I apologize.— Mayor Lyda Krewson (@LydaKrewson) June 27, 2020
Without any context, I read that Tweet and thought, “What happened? Were the names and addresses of individuals visible on letters that she read or something? She should be more careful!”
Then I read the mentions, and many of them were along the lines of, “Resign!” or “You must resign!” or “Get the f**k out, lady.” I thought that was a harsh response to an unfortunate mistake.
And then I saw what Mayor Krewson actually did. She didn’t thoughtlessly make the names and addresses of her own constituents visible to the camera. SHE READ THOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES ALOUD. They are the names of protesting individuals who asked to defund and/or reform the police, and the mayor essentially gave those names and addresses to the police or anyone else who might disagree with them.
That apology in no way matched the egregiousness of the offense. That was intentional doxxing and intimidation. What Mayor Krewson did was f**ked up, and calls on her to resign were only not out of line, but completely appropriate. That’s a premeditated action committed with malicious intent.
That was Friday. By Sunday, there were hundreds of protestors outside of Mayor Krewson’s home chanting “resign Lyda, take the cops with you.” These protests were peaceful. However, around 6 p.m. last night, the number of protestors grew to around 500, and then this happened:
Like, WTF? A semi-automatic weapon and a pistol? Look at their proud, smug faces, behaving as though they’re not going to end up being viral caricatures of vile racism within the next 24 hours. And of course, Donald Trump retweeted them. OF COURSE.
Donald Trump this morning proudly retweeted the video of “Ken and Karen” pointing their guns at black people in St. Louis. Trump never misses an opportunity to fan the flames of white resentment and racial unrest. pic.twitter.com/zdSi7GReAX— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 29, 2020
This is also not legal:
However, in Missouri defense of premises applies to one's house and not the rest of the property (and certainly not rest of a gated community). Ken and Karen broke the law. pic.twitter.com/VC1pTNojXv— Black Lives Matter/Klan Lives Don't (@charlesthomas) June 29, 2020
They are on the sidewalk. That’s it.
Meet Ken and Karen MAGA.— We The People Are Pissed Off (@LiddleSavages) June 29, 2020
These are just kids, peaceful protesters and look at how these complete idiots act. Perfect example of why civilians should not own AR-15 assault weapons to protect themselves from these threatening people. Unacceptable. Period. pic.twitter.com/Alt9zApkcl
I don’t know the actual names of these racist people, but the Internet has nicknamed them “Ken and Karen,” and they are getting dragged.
Say what you will about Ken and Karen, but this is some ride or die relationship goals shit. If you can’t seamlessly move from watching House Hunters to hopping off the porch with the strap, then I don’t want it pic.twitter.com/PlZZO3x2i2— Nick #BLM ✊🏾🌹 (@NickLylesComedy) June 29, 2020
Imagine if Ken and Karen (or Ken and Barbie gone MAGA) were Black or Brown and pointing guns at a white militia or white power movement rally. What would happen? pic.twitter.com/wQA4sEKrlN— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 29, 2020
Ken and Karen have had enough pic.twitter.com/QtogVCFbEJ— Insónias em Carvão (@insoniascarvao) June 29, 2020
When the Olive Garden manager asks Ken and Karen to put on a mask pic.twitter.com/cGelXz4Eib— Guy P. Football (@Guy_P_Football) June 29, 2020
Oh shut up, Meghan.
Also, to the point of all this: Karen and Ken’s actions do not excuse those of Mayor Krewson. She should still resign.