A White woman, who has been dubbed ‘Permit Karen’ for calling the police on her Black neighbours, has been met with student protests.
Susan Schulz was caught on camera arguing with Fareed Nassor Hayat, an attorney and law professor at the City University of New York, and his wife Norrinda, on Monday, June 29, moments after she allegedly stormed on their lawn and called the police on them.
The couple say Schulz came to their property three times in the space of half an hour, asking if they had a permit to install a stone patio in their backyard, according to their Facebook post.
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
Hayat said when they asked the woman whether 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’.
During the exchange, Schulz calls the police and says, ‘He attacked me. The gentleman who is taller than me pushed me off his property,’ adding that she doesn’t believe they have a permit to do the renovation to their home.
In the background, Norrinda can be heard saying, ‘She’s been waiting two years to do this to us,’ before a neighbour stops and criticises Schulz for her behaviour.
‘Shame on you,’ they say. ‘In this climate right now, you’re especially not supporting members of our community here!’
Again, Schulz claims Fareed pushed her, to which he replies: ‘I didn’t put my hands on you, woman.’
Another neighbour chimed in and defended him, saying: ‘No, I watched it, and he didn’t.’
Police attended the scene at around 12.23pm, however they confirmed neither party had chosen to file a formal complaint.
After Fareed shared the clip to Facebook, it was shared more than 12,000 times, prompting an influx of support for the couple.
A large group of students then made their way to the block, and began peacefully protesting outside Schulz’s home.
Many of them claimed she was trying to ‘put her Black neighbours back in their place’ by calling the police.
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 apologise for her behaviour.
Her type, the racist, must be rejected and ostracised like she was today by Norrinda and I, but equally important, by our white neighbours here in Montclair and our white and non-white allies worldwide.
The incident comes amid the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial equality.
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