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Woman Says She Is ‘Entitled’ Not To Wear A Mask In Home Depot Because Of ‘White Power’

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This week, the latest in a long line of “Karen” types appeared in a now-viral video on Twitter, when she refused to wear a mask at Home Depot and cited “White power” and being “entitled” as her reasons.

While waiting in line at a Home Depot in Illinois, a woman began filming the White woman behind her, who was refusing to wear a mask.

The White woman held her own wallet-style cell phone case up in front of her face to block the camera, but she still had plenty to say while avoiding the camera.

The video was shared on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. 

The woman filming the video claimed the White woman said prior to the recording that she was annoyed people were wearing masks in the store. She confronted her for threatening to cough on the videographer during a pandemic.

The White woman said nothing and began to show her middle finger to the videographer, still hiding her face.

The videographer managed to get a quick look at the woman’s face over the top of her phone case, and the White woman proceeded to smack her phone away.

As the moment escalated, the videographer called the woman disgusting, who replied:

“Yes, I am disgusting. I’m White, and I’m a woman.”

The videographer confirmed she heard her correctly, and the White woman replied:

“Yes, I’m a White woman. I’m entitled.”

The videographer replied:

“Oh my god! You’re a White woman! Welcome to privilege!”

The woman replied: 

“Yep, I’m a White woman. That’s how it works.”

The videographer asked:

“What does you being White have to do with you getting your way [and not wearing a mask]?”

The woman replied: 

“Because I’m a White woman. That’s what happens.”

The videographer proceeded to call the woman names, saying:

“You’re a disgusting, racist piece of trash. Literally.”

The White woman shrugged and said:

“I believe in White power.”

The video ended shortly after, when the videographer managed to catch a glimpse of the White woman again, and the woman swatted her phone away again.

Many who saw the video were disgusted with this way of thinking.

Others also said they wouldn’t be shopping at Home Depot while they’re not enforcing masks, or more decent behavior. 

Of course, some wanted to make “Karen” internet-famous. 

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With so many problems occurring in our world all at the same time—starting with the pandemic—it’s easy to see how these issues begin to blur—like citing “White power” as a good enough reason to not wear a mask.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.