Karen strikes again.
A monument in an Oregon public park commemorating the only Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition has been vandalized for the second time in three months. The most recent time, which took place Tuesday, was captured on video by a witness who said she came upon a white woman spray-painting the monument’s base with unintelligible words.
The monument in Mount Tabor Park in Portland features a bust of a slave named York who is credited with helping explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traverse the U.S. beginning in 1804. A biker took photos of the white woman holding cans of spray paint with which she was vandalizing the bust.
When confronted, the white woman defacing the monument with spray paint was shown on video exclaiming with a shaky voice, “I’ve been prejudiced against Black people and Hispanic people.” She said she would pay for the damages if asked, but punctuated her faux benevolence with an emphatic, “Fuck you all!”
She suggested she was angry because the bust of York was installed “to replace a white man with a fucking Black man. That’s not fucking unity.”
Watch the video below.
The “white man” the vandal was referring to is Harvey Scott, who was editor-in-chief of the Oregonian newspaper in the 1870s and a staunch opponent against women having the right to vote.
News outlet Williamette Week reported that a statue of Harvey previously stood where York’s bust was installed before the statue was toppled by protesters during racial justice protests last summer. An anonymous artist in February installed York’s bust on top of the same base where Scott’s statue previously stood.
As of Thursday, there were no reports of any arrests being made for the admitted racist act of vandalism.
The tale of Lewis and Clark’s epic transcontinental journey has long been a fixture in history books. A little-known fact behind the pair’s adventure was that York helped the men bridge cultural gaps between themselves and Native Americans they encountered along the way. While trudging through the Midwest, in particular, Native Americans saw York’s dark skin as a sign of strength and power.
There was even a campaign a little more than a decade ago seeking to have the face of York on a postage stamp.
It is in that context that white resentful white woman was defacing one of the few monuments that pay homage to the unheralded roles that slaves played in American history.
Perhaps making the vandalism even more egregious is that it took place in Portland, a city that is just 6% Black and has struggled with race relations for years.
This isn’t the first time York’s bust has been vandalized. In March, unidentified culprits spray-painted phrases like “Land Back,” “Abolition Now,” “His Blood Is on Your Hands,” “Liberation” and “Decolonize” on the same base that the white woman targeted earlier this week.
This is America.
'Karens' Gone Wild: Videos Show Privileged White Women Can't Stop Trying To Police Black People
1. Mailbox Karen
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I wish a Karen would roll up and call herself taking a package from my house because she suspects “something is going on in there.”— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 7, 2021
What is wrong with these white women? pic.twitter.com/ROX3zLPcTY
2. Karen goes shopping at Ross
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This happened at a Ross Dress for Less…— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) June 13, 2021
Told you. pic.twitter.com/FkSLsgxPUc
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4. Judith Ann Black, racist Burger King Whopper KarenSource:Sumter County Sheriff’s Office 4 of 31
5. Stephanie Denaro, AKA "Bagel Karen"
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RACIST Anti-Masker Karen Calls Black Bakery worker B**** Ass N-word for denying service. pic.twitter.com/nRsF95RFmK— Karen (@crazykarens) March 24, 2021
6. Courtside Karen
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PRAY FOR LEBRON pic.twitter.com/Z8oAhl2kqf— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 2, 2021
7. Arlo SoHo Karen
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Wow! This woman made baseless claims against @keyonharrold and his 14yo son at @arlohotels Arlo SoHo — then assaulted them, scratching Keyon & tackling his boy. Worse, the hotel manager defended & empowered her actions, and refused to apologize after her claims were proven wrong! pic.twitter.com/LqHboiAEd6— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 27, 2020
8. Trader Joe's 'Karen'
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This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?— Read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
9. 'Karen' the angry neighbor
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hey guys!! this is my new neighbor!! pic.twitter.com/yZxsQD1daS— bailey (@bailey3jenkins) June 27, 2020
10. ‘Karen’ Pulls Gun On Black Woman And Daughter After Chipotle Argument10 of 31
11. Nurse ‘Karen’ Fired
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Caron Jones — that’s Caron with a “K” as in “Karen” 👩🏼⚕️ — also called the Black Lives Matter movement a "ploy" for Black votes before the North Carolina nurse got fired for her racist social media posts.https://t.co/WQn68gNToF— NewsOne (@newsone) July 1, 2020
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13. ‘Karen’s Husband’ Investigated After Calling Cops On Black Men
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14. Convenience Store ‘Karen’
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It was the I’m the wrong nigga for me 😭 pic.twitter.com/2Rv33NNn2k— HEAVYY ON IT 🗣💕 (@HeavyyCampp) June 25, 2020
15. Nurse ‘Karen’ Loses Her Job For ‘Black Privilege’ Video15 of 31
16. Seattle ‘Karen’ Has A Total Meltdown After Black Driver Records Her ‘White Tears’
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"I HAVE A BLACK HUSBAND!"— NewsOne (@newsone) June 23, 2020
A "Karen" in Seattle identified as Leah completely lost it when Karlos Dillard, a Black man, confronted and recorded her after he says he was the victim of her racist road rage.
The video has gone viral as Karening gets worse.https://t.co/X5ryYpQlhF
17. Officer ‘Karen’ Is Slammed For Crying White Tears Over McDonald’s Wait17 of 31
18. Kroger ‘Karen’ Blocks Black Mother From Pulling Out Of Parking Lot Over ‘Gatorade’18 of 31
19. San Francisco ‘Karen’ Who Called Cops Over ‘BLM’ Art
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A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP— James Juanillo (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
20. Karen the "Shorewood Spitter"20 of 31
21. Karen's husband
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22. Karen's other husband22 of 31
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Racism rots your brain pic.twitter.com/OuzPmyRN6d— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
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On the next episode of “are white people ok? 👀”.... meet Red Lobster Karen 🦞 pic.twitter.com/ElgRipPyrU— Lives in a Police State. ✊🏽🦺🌈 (@angel_felixv) May 13, 2020
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I can’t believe this is real. This lady went out to video shame everyone who dared to have fun in the sun at the beach and then she yelled at a Trader Joe’s worker over social distancing.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2020
Karen needs to just stay home and leave the rest of us alone... 🙄🤦🏻♂️https://t.co/QUeZkRSudW
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K*ren: "Arrest me"— Scottie PIPM (@scottiepipm) April 23, 2020
K*ren: 😲 pic.twitter.com/5NJnPsSj8k
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I’m baffled. Just saw this on the news. Woman who drove 1.5 hours to go to the beach with her family complains about other people at the beach who have done the same as her. Does she not see she’s part of the problem #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVIDIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/iowllyZEk2— Colm McAfee (@mcafee77) May 17, 2020
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