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Video shows ‘Permit Karen’ getting slammed for calling the cops on her Black neighbors

Karen's back.

Jul 1, 2020, 10:20 am

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Bryan Rolli 

Bryan Rolli

Karen’s back—and this time, she’s in New Jersey.

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Montclair, New Jersey resident Fareed Nassor Hyatt shared a video on Monday of a standoff with his neighbor, referred to only as Susan. Hyatt, who is Black, alleged that Susan, who is white, came onto their property several times in the span of 30 minutes to ask if they had the proper permit to install a stone patio in their backyard. When Hyatt made it clear that they didn’t need a permit for a patio of this size and told Susan to leave their property, she called the police and claimed she was assaulted.

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It has happened again. White entitlement and black hate embodied in Susan who lives on Marion Road and works at the EPA, called the police to lodge a false report of assault against me when told to leave our property. Susan, aka "Permit Karen,” came onto our property three times within thirty minutes to demand to know if we had the proper permit to install a stone patio in our backyard, on the other side of the fence of her yard. When asked if a permit was required by law, she said she didn’t know, but insisted we answer her questions and submit to her demands, or she would call the police to force us to stop improving our home. (A permit is not required in Montclair for a stone patio this size. This fact was known to us through our own independent research, our contractor and later verified when building and safety arrived at our home to investigate her complaint.) When challenged about her flawed legal conclusions, assumption of right, her lack of agency over our home and our eventual demand that she leave our property immediately, Susan decided to call the police and make a false report of assault. She invoked centuries of brutality in her call to the police and sought to put her black neighbors back in their place. She believed that we were required to answer her questions and smile while doing so. But to her surprise, her efforts were met by two proudly black human beings, parents, lawyers, law professors, activist, community members, neighbors, citizens and fighters, who refused to submit. Her efforts were also met by a collection of largely white neighbors, who refused to simply go along with her racist efforts or not stand up against her attempt to invoke the racist power of the state through police. Their efforts were antiracist ideology at work. Each neighbor declared to her and the police that she summoned, that she was a lie and no such assault occurred. She left our home, rejected and unfulfilled, yet still empowered to do future harm. To her Black Lives Don’t Matter when up against her presumed inalienable rights of whiteness. She did not see the flaw in her ways or apologize for her behavior. Her type, the racist, must be rejected and ostracized like she was today by Norrinda and I, but equally important, by our white neighbors here in Montclair and our white and non-white allies worldwide.

Posted by Fareed Nassor Hayat on Monday, June 29, 2020

Hyatt’s video has been viewed nearly 500,000 times in two days on Facebook. In a lengthy caption, Wyatt dubbed Susan “Permit Karen” and called her “white entitlement and Black hate embodied.” 

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“When challenged about her flawed legal conclusions, assumption of right, her lack of agency over our home and our eventual demand that she leave our property immediately, Susan decided to call the police and make a false report of assault,” Hyatt wrote. “She invoked centuries of brutality in her call to the police and sought to put her black neighbors back in their place.”

Unbeknownst to Permit Karen, her efforts to harass and intimidate her neighbors would be met with opposition from their other white neighbors, who refuted her claims that Hyatt assaulted her. 

“In this climate right now, you’re especially not supporting members of our community,” one woman told Permit Karen, who alleged that Hyatt “pushed me 10 feet.” 

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“Sounds like he didn’t do that,” the woman responded. 

“No, I watched him, he didn’t,” another neighbor confirmed.

Permit Karen then walked toward another neighbor on the opposite side of the street, holding her arm out and trying to provide proof that Hyatt pushed her. But Permit Karen, who was not wearing a face mask, earned no sympathy from her masked neighbor.

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“Don’t come on me without a mask,” the woman said as she shooed Permit Karen away. 

Permit Karen walked back to the center of the road and asked Hyatt to stop filming. He refused. 

“This is for the people, so they can see even in Montclair what we are living with,” Hyatt’s wife, Norrinda, said. “For two years, Susan from Marion Road has been harassing us.”

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Hyatt praised his neighbors, who “refused to simply go along with [Permit Karen’s] racist efforts” and called their defense “antiracist ideology at work.” Permit Karen did not apologize for her behavior.

“To her Black Lives Don’t Matter when up against her presumed inalienable rights of whiteness,” Hyatt wrote. “Her type, the racist, must be rejected and ostracized like she was today by Norrinda and I, but equally important, by our white neighbors here in Montclair and our white and non-white allies worldwide.” 

On Tuesday, protesters briefly mobilized outside Permit Karen’s house, carrying signs and chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, your racism has got to go.” According to Twitter user @scoop201, Permit Karen called the police on the protesters and accused them of throwing a brick, though the protest appears to have remained peaceful.

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Heavy reports that Permit Karen’s phone number has been disconnected. 

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*First Published: Jul 1, 2020, 10:20 am