Woman seen screaming N-word at Black woman

Kathryn Graves / Facebook

Video shows ‘Karen’ calling a Black student an N-word ‘ape,’ making monkey noises

The Yale University student said she was just walking down the street, wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.

Jun 24, 2020, 8:01 pm

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A white woman verbally attacked a Black student in New York, repeatedly calling her the N-word, an “ape,” and making monkey noises.

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Kathryn Graves, a student at Yale University, shared a video of the incident to Facebook Saturday. 

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“I was walking down the street with my headphones in and a BLM shirt on, and didn’t even realize she was yelling at me until I stopped my music,” Graves wrote. “I silently recorded up to the very end.”

Warning: profanity and racial epithets. So this just happened to me…in NYC of all places…for context I was walking down the street with my headphones in and a BLM shirt on, and didn’t even realize she was yelling at me until I stopped my music. I silently recorded up to the very end. Can y’all share this pls

Posted by Kathryn Graves on Saturday, June 20, 2020

In the video, the woman, who is holding a pack of Natural Ice beer, refers to Michelle Obama as “fucking ape wife.” 

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She goes on to make monkey noises and repeatedly scream, “[N-word] ape.” 

“What’s the matter you [N-word] ape? You got time to do your fucking pink-ass hair you [N-word] Obama fucking ape?” the woman continues. 

As she finally begins to leave, Graves echoes a chant that went viral in early June, saying, “You about to lose your job.”

Since being posted on Facebook, the video has garnered 28,000 views. However, in another Facebook post on Sunday, Graves said Facebook had taken down the video. 

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What a time — it seems Facebook took down my video from yesterday, which is really quite frustrating bc this person…

Posted by Kathryn Graves on Sunday, June 21, 2020

It’s unclear if the video that was allegedly removed by Facebook is the same video as Saturday’s. The Daily Dot has reached out to Graves.

In the follow-up post, Graves said the woman might be someone in need of help, but that shouldn’t excuse her racist behavior. 

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“She may be homeless, and possibly mentally ill, [in] which case she needs support,” she wrote. “HOWEVER, neither of these causes or excuses racism, and for that reason there needs to be repercussions. She got in my face, and if this happens again, and things escalate, she could harm someone or herself.”

Graves said she has received “leads” about the woman’s identity, but it has yet to be revealed.

“I have never experienced something that was that belligerent and blatant,” Graves told NBC News on Monday. “My mindset was ‘Keep recording and brace yourself in case she gets violent.”

Commenters expressed their anger over the incident while applauding Graves for her calm demeanor.

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“The restraint to calmly record her as she kept going on with racist diarrhea of the mouth is beyond commendable,” one user wrote. “Sorry this was a situation you had to experience.”

“Wow your self control is everything I would’ve Punched her in her face and went about my Merry day,” another said. 

The racist incident occurred a day after Juneteenth, which organizers say had a historic turnout of people who celebrated this year. 

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*First Published: Jun 24, 2020, 8:01 pm