Partner of California ‘Karen’ Lisa Alexander fired from wealth management firm
The partner of a California “Karen” who called the cops on a Filipino man for stenciling “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on his own property was fired Monday by his wealth management company after he filmed the encounter, according to a report.
Lisa Alexander, CEO of a San Francisco-based skin care company, said Sunday she was “deeply sorry” for her “racist” actions when she told James Juanillo that he was illegally writing in chalk on a retaining wall because it was private property — which he actually owns.
On Monday, fallout over the incident continued as the Raymond James firm announced on Twitter that Robert Larkin has been given the boot.
“Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind,” the company said. “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 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,” it added.
Meanwhile, his wife’s company, LaFace Skincare, has taken its website offline, according to KPIX 5.
“I want to apologize directly to Mr. Juanillo. There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home,” Alexander wrote on Twitter.
“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 continued.
“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 realize at the time that my actions were racist and have learned a painful lesson,” added Alexander, who has been dubbed a “Karen,” a derogatory term for white women perceived as being entitled, on social media.
“I am taking a hard look at the meaning behind white privilege and am committed to growing from this experience,” she wrote.
Juanillo, who said he was a proud gay Filipino, told KPIX 5 that Alexander “decided to call men with guns because of chalk art.”
“This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced fear or even loathing that just kind of creeps out,” Juanillo, who has lived on Gough Street for 18 years and runs a dog-walking business, told the news outlet.
Juanillo said he was open to meeting with Alexander, an offer she appeared to accept on Sunday.
“I would love to have coffee with Mr. Juanillo in our neighborhood so I can apologize in person and share a dialogue where I can continue to learn and grow and be a better person,” she said.