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.
via: GettyFor 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...
via: GettyMore 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.
via: Getty ImagesFellow 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...
The Karen system https://t.co/md5nXQR2QV— its a me, barry bongss! (@its a me, barry bongss!)1590330081.0
Many people have now been identified as a "Karen"...
You can tell how Karen a Karen is by how she reacts to a Karen meme https://t.co/j6u7y8N3Z1— Spinelli ϟ (@Spinelli ϟ)1588157381.0
Things have truly gotten out of hand with the Karen meme...
@KazHammi It's just an internet meme. It started off with memes saying "Karen took the kids" and escalated to "Kare… https://t.co/jo8PzFCkau— 💫 Star Queen 💫 (@💫 Star Queen 💫)1586192318.0
Okay, so now we've established exactly what a "Karen" is...
via: Getty ImagesLet'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.
He was asking the crowd for headlines to riff on. They toss one out, he riffs a joke. Every topic, he immediately h… https://t.co/aKVjuV8KuD— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218523.0
At the time, it was just days after the death of Eric Garner.
Protests etc were all over the city. Tensions were high. About 15-20 min min to his set he asks for another topic &… https://t.co/qvSCjznmgS— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218523.0
In horrifying similarity to George Floyd's death...
Eric Garner. 43 years old, 43 minutes of color. Stolen July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, New York. #StolenSeriesbyAB https://t.co/MIsX97ELsW— Adrian Brandon (@Adrian Brandon)1591373609.0
Someone in the audience at the comedy club suggested the topic of police brutality to Chappelle.
So Chappelle starts talking about Eric Garner and wathching him get murdered in cold blood on camera and how it mak… https://t.co/OxkNOrLBv9— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218523.0
A "clearly privileged white girl" left the audience stunned with her comment.
A clearly privileged white girl (she had a wide brimmed felt hat for chrissakes) shouts “Life’s hard, sorry ‘bout i… https://t.co/stfSy0oAWP— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218523.0
Chappelle begins educating the crowd on the history of police brutality and Black people.
If you don’t remember John Crawford III, google it. It happened right around the time of some higher profile killin… https://t.co/T4jf420hQ9— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218524.0
Chappelle then draws in on his own experience.
Chappelle then tells a story about getting pulled over in rural Ohio where he lives. This is before the Crawford sh… https://t.co/vJxR78gPYU— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218524.0
DeForest said Chappelle went on to recall how his South African friend described to him how the end of apartheid came about.
...and there was nothing they could do to stop it. The people had momentum and apartheid ended. Critical mass. That… https://t.co/GP9ddVg8UJ— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218525.0
It didn't end there, however.
After the show, we’re in the green room. @joyellenicole comes back and says “that dumbass white girl wanted to talk… https://t.co/xYZcePmDwi— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218525.0
Fellow comedian Joyelle N Johnson told Chappelle that the woman in the crowd had asked to see him.
Chappelle responds “you’re ok. That’s all we can ask. Know better, do better. I want to thank YOU for hearing me an… https://t.co/UMNFRBPfZj— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218526.0
Turns out she was "humiliated."
She says “really?” And he says “of course! Friend get over here for a picture” the friend approaches, they take pho… https://t.co/KDzlRPrYqf— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218526.0
The powerful encounter had Dave Chappelle at the top of Twitter's trending.
He changed everyone in that room that night. 200+ people became part of the solution if they weren’t already. Even… https://t.co/Rjd3wt5dmA— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218526.0
What a powerful story.
I’ve been sitting on this story since January 19, 2015. I wanted to respect his process and not burn any material f… https://t.co/ABO6WHPSUw— Kenny DeForest (@Kenny DeForest)1591218528.0