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Americans fight to breathe as society again chokes on racism

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In the United States, the name Karen has lately become social media shorthand for a white woman who typically demands to “speak to the manager” or threatens to “call the head office” when she feels she has been wronged at a store or restaurant.

A video clip that recently went viral featured a white New York woman who became known as “Central Park Karen.”

A black man asked her to put a leash on her dog in the park, in keeping with the regulations. Enraged, she called police on the spot, claiming she was being threatened by an African-American man.

Social media reacted with outrage to her overemphasis on the man’s ethnicity. The woman has since been fired........

© The Asahi Shimbun