A video went viral of a nurse, Sarah Comrie, screaming for help over a group of Black teenagers because of an argument over who had the right to use a bike-share electric bike. In the video, you see the Black teenagers being polite while she, clearly in no danger, screams and snatches the kid’s phone. Her behavior was atrocious, especially knowing that screaming for help to a group of Black kids could possibly be a death sentence by a white supremacist rogue cop.
Long story short, her family made her a GoFundMe that has exploded in right-wing media, and hired a high-powered attorney that has pushed a narrative that these men were dangerous thieves. He apparently has also posted that he will sue if she’s called a “Karen.” Well, she’s not a Karen. She’s worse. It’s one thing to call the police on a Black family or Black child over a minor inconvenience, like selling lemonade without a permit or bar-b-quing in a park after hours; but it’s quite different screaming for help and putting those boys lives in danger. She weaponized her whiteness over a stupid bikeride. That’s unforgivable in my opinion.
The boy’s family are immigrants and do not have access to expensive attorneys, PR campaigns, or a right-wing media machine that is anxious to promote a white-woman-as-victim narrative against Black immigrant “thugs.” Her narrative is that everyone got it wrong, the kid was trying to take her bike, and she’s the victim here. Worse, the mainstream media picked the story up, and ran with the story her attorney gave.
Luckily, his sister is TikTok savvy, and explained how Citi bike works, the need to dock after 45 minutes, and how this woman scanned her phone on the bike while he had his hands on it. She asked twice if she could take the bike, but both times he politely declined. The boy’s mother is rightfully upset because the mainstream media, including USAToday and Yahoo, carried her side and with just one exception, not one media outlet asked for the boy’s side of the story.
This video gives a good recap.
RELATED STORY: 'If I Go Missing' binder is the true privilege of white victimhood
There is a Go Fund Me campaign now (finally) for the boy’s family. I don’t think I can link to those sites so I’ll just ask you to Google “The family of the Young man in Citi Bike Incident”
Let me know what you think