The husband of a California “Karen” who called the police on a Filipino man for stencilling “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on his own property has been fired from his wealth management company for filming the encounter.
Robert Larkin’s wife, CEO of San Francisco-based LaFace Skincare Lisa Alexander, said over the weekend she was “deeply sorry” for her “racist” actions.
Ms Alexander, who has been dubbed by many on social media as a “Karen” – a term for white women perceived as being entitled – told the Filipino man, James Juanillo, that he was illegally writing in chalk on a retaining wall because it was private property, not realising the property was Mr Juanillo’s own.
Fallout over the incident continued today, when Mr Larkin’s former employer Raymond James announced on Twitter he had been let go from the firm.
“Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind,” the company wrote in the statement.
“An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, one in which people are free to bring their whole selves to their careers, and we expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside of the workplace.
“After an investigation into the circumstances of a video alleging racism by one of our associates, we have concluded that the actions of he and his partner were inconsistent with our values, and the associate is no longer employed by Raymond James.”
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Ms Alexander also took to Twitter to apologise for her actions, saying “there are not enough words” to describe how sorry she was for her treatment of Mr Juanillo “when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front his home”.
“I should have minded my own business. The last 48 hours has taught me that my actions were those of someone who is not aware of the damage caused by being ignorant and naive to racial inequalities,” she wrote.
“When I watch the video I am shocked and sad that I behaved the way I did. It was disrespectful to Mr Juanillo and I am deeply sorry for that. I did not realise at the time that my actions were racist and have learned a painful lesson.
“I am taking a hard look at the meaning behind white privilege and am committed to growing from this experience.”