Susan, thank you for the response. I have come to understand the comment about being "tone deaf," missing the point about the danger of calling the police on a Black family.

Yet I don't get how many people assume that I have "never had any meaningful interaction with someone not of (my) class or race." As the New York Magazine "Montclair Karen" article stated during Christmas week 2020, our town is about 24 percent Black. And defending one White person because I think she was unfairly targeted as a Karen does not negate my friendships and close bonds since I was a student at Rutgers, started working in NYC and moved to Montclair 30 years ago. The book group is White but my life is not. Thank you for advancing this conversation, Susan.

Sincerely, Alice


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