Dave Chappelle Schooled a Brooklyn 'Karen' on Police Brutality and He Didn't Hold Back | 22 Words

Last week, comedian Kenny DeForest described an encounter that he witnessed from 5 years ago in which Dave Chappelle schooled a Brooklyn "Karen" on police brutality and it's such a powerful story...

It's 2020, and racism is sadly still rife across our country.

For centuries now, people of color have been hatefully discriminated against, and shockingly, it is still happening today.

Admittedly, we have come a long way in the fight against this prejudice...

More people than ever before are fighting for quality for all races and ethnicities... But that doesn't mean that racism still isn't happening.

And last week, a Twitter thread went gone viral all about the time comedian Dave Chappelle schooled a "Brooklyn Karen" about police brutality.

Fellow comedian Kenny DeForest described the encounter that he witnessed 5-and-a-half years ago on Twitter. But first...

What exactly is a Karen?

Well, the ever-so-accurate Urban Dictionary describes a Karen as a "mother of three. Blonde. Owns a Volvo. Annoying as hell. Wears acrylics 24/7. Currently at your workplace speaking to your manager."

But, for a little more generic description...

Dictionary.com defines a "Karen" as a "mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman."

Many people have now been identified as a "Karen"...

And it has become a painfully hilarious joke over the last few years.

Things have truly gotten out of hand with the Karen meme...

And thanks to the virality of the meme, many of us can now spot a Karen a mile off.

Okay, so now we've established exactly what a "Karen" is...

Let's get onto the twitter thread.

DeForest begins the thread by explaining that Chappelle had made a surprise guest appearance at The Knit comedy club in Brooklyn.

And was asking the crowd for headlines to riff off.

At the time, it was just days after the death of Eric Garner.

Eric died after Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City Police Department Officer, put him in a chokehold while arresting him. Video footage of the incident generated national outrage.

In horrifying similarity to George Floyd's death...

Eric's final words were "I can't breathe" - something he repeated eleven times to officers.

Someone in the audience at the comedy club suggested the topic of police brutality to Chappelle.

But things went pear-shaped when one girl decided to speak up.

A "clearly privileged white girl" left the audience stunned with her comment.

... what on earth was going through her mind?

Chappelle begins educating the crowd on the history of police brutality and Black people.

DeForest then reminded his followers of the "disgusting and outrageous" case of John Crawford III, who was shot dead in Walmart after picking up a BB gun that was on sale to look at it. "Some scared cracker-ass called the cops, and this officer comes in, doesn’t even bother saying 'drop the weapon' or 'hands up' and just guns him down. The security footage makes it plain as day. The footage will make you sick. Disgusting and outrageous in every conceivable way."

Chappelle then draws in on his own experience.

"He says 'the cop approaches and he can tell I’m nervous. I have both my hands on the wheel and I say ‘officer my license and registration is in the glove box. I’m going to reach for them now. I promise not armed’ I could tell the officer was offended that I was nervous," DeForest recalled. "‘I know who you are Dave Chappelle’ & I said ‘so why do you need my license and registration?’" "He gets off w/ a warning. The twist? The same cop would go on to murder John Crawford III. His take away: 'I shouldn’t have to be Dave Chappelle to survive police encounters.'"

DeForest said Chappelle went on to recall how his South African friend described to him how the end of apartheid came about.

"It was incredibly powerful. The crowd was somber and silent."

It didn't end there, however.

It seems Chappelle had made an impact on the woman who had spoken up.

Fellow comedian Joyelle N Johnson told Chappelle that the woman in the crowd had asked to see him.

And despite being initially sent away, Chappelle asked for her to be brought back.

Turns out she was "humiliated."

Looks like Chappelle's words really struck a chord with her.

The powerful encounter had Dave Chappelle at the top of Twitter's trending.

"You can always become a part of the critical mass trying to push this shit forward. All you have to do is care and allow that care to become education and action."

What a powerful story.

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