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Aunt Karen exposing the White Lives Matter Facebook group.

Racist blasting, viral vigilante Denise Bradley (aka "Aunt Karen" on TikTok) strikes again. This time, she's gone undercover into a private Facebook group titled 'White Lives Matter." Yeah … you probably see where this is going.

To bring you up to speed on all things Aunt Karen: Bradley created her social media alter ego in 2020 to identify and expose people using racial slurs and derogatory remarks online. Though sometimes her methods can be extreme (like publicly sharing people's home address, social security number, etc.), Aunt Karen does live up to her slogan of "the devil works hard, but we work harder" by relentlessly forcing bullies and white supremacists to be accountable.

Bradley recently posted a video (currently racking up close to 250,000 views) where she said: "So I have this White Lives Matter group that I secretly infiltrated, but now they know I'm in there. But what they don't know is that I have four profiles in there—they kicked out one of my profiles, but there's a ton more. And all of you guys that are helping infiltrate this group, I love you."


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"The trolling in this group is amazing," she continued, showing a post depicting a picture of Michael B. Jordan as superman, which apparently the group found alarming, as the caption read "I'm terrified where this will go. Yes, Superman is now black." Yikes.

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Aunt Karen's TikTok video exposing racist Facebook posts.

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It's probably no surprise that in infiltrating this group, Bradley easily saw that "every post made was rooted in hatred. At the heart of it all, skin colour was their only excuse for it. They held people of colour (particularly Black people) in such low regard. To them, we're the root of all problem[s]," according to her interview with Indy100. Which is admittedly depressing, and yet all of Aunt's Karen's videos do have an undeniable sense of humor, even while exposing deep-seated racism.

Despite the levity in delivery, Aunt Karen's purpose is singular and serious: "I want them to feel uncomfortable. They shouldn't be able to display so much hate and bigotry. They don't deserve a space on any platform."

This was said to The Daily Dot after she found yet another white supremacist group on Facebook, with the not-so-clever rebranding of "White Lives Matter 2.0." I guess some things can be worse than Facebook changing to Meta.

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Luckily, Facebook banned the revival group within a day of Bradley's follow-up video. But not before she revealed a few more posts from the group. You know, things like how "disturbing" it is that the Netflix show "The Baby-Sitters Club" requested fans donate to Black Lives Matter and The Trevor Project (spelled "Trever" in the post and informing us all that the campaign "praises sinners that are gay"). Or photos of Trump and Jesus being the best of friends. Bradley admitted that they weren't all racist posts. A puppy meme was thrown in for good measure.

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Aunt Karen exposed White Lives Matter 2.0.

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And though some present themselves as moderate by promoting "all lives matter" as a form of racial equality, there are still anti-Black messages. Including, but certainly not limited to referring to Black people as "lazy." This kind of hate-filled rhetoric and fuel for ongoing systemic oppression must be, as Aunt Karen says, "dismantled." Though Bradley has a sense of humor about it, it's (obviously) not funny.

On staying resolute, Bradley told The Daily Dot that "what calms me is my purpose. If anything I do can help take another step towards the end of racism. I'm going to do it." And in a continuously more digital world, it might as well be taking down racists one tweet or TikTok at a time.

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Leah Menzies had no idea her deceased mother was her boyfriend's kindergarten teacher.

When you start dating the love of your life, you want to share it with the people closest to you. Sadly, 18-year-old Leah Menzies couldn't do that. Her mother died when she was 7, so she would never have the chance to meet the young woman's boyfriend, Thomas McLeodd. But by a twist of fate, it turns out Thomas had already met Leah's mom when he was just 3 years old. Leah's mom was Thomas' kindergarten teacher.

The couple, who have been dating for seven months, made this realization during a visit to McCleodd's house. When Menzies went to meet his family for the first time, his mom (in true mom fashion) insisted on showing her a picture of him making a goofy face. When they brought out the picture, McLeodd recognized the face of his teacher as that of his girlfriend's mother.

Menzies posted about the realization moment on TikTok. "Me thinking my mum (who died when I was 7) will never meet my future boyfriend," she wrote on the video. The video shows her and McLeodd together, then flashes to the kindergarten class picture.

“He opens this album and then suddenly, he’s like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God — over and over again,” Menzies told TODAY. “I couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic.”

Obviously, Menzies is taking great comfort in knowing that even though her mother is no longer here, they can still maintain a connection. I know how important it was for me to have my mom accept my partner, and there would definitely be something missing if she wasn't here to share in my joy. It's also really incredible to know that Menzies' mother had a hand in making McLeodd the person he is today, even if it was only a small part.

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Found out through this photo in his photo album. A moment straight out of a movie 🥲

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“It’s incredible that that she knew him," Menzies said. "What gets me is that she was standing with my future boyfriend and she had no idea.”

Since he was only 3, McLeodd has no actual memory of Menzies' mother. But his own mother remembers her as “kind and really gentle.”

The TikTok has understandably gone viral and the comments are so sweet and positive.

"No the chills I got omggg."

"This is the cutest thing I have watched."

"It’s as if she remembered some significance about him and sent him to you. Love fate 😍✨"

In the caption of the video, she said that discovering the connection between her boyfriend and her mom was "straight out of a movie." And if you're into romantic comedies, you're definitely nodding along right now.

Menzies and McLeodd made a follow-up TikTok to address everyone's positive response to their initial video and it's just as sweet. The young couple sits together and addresses some of the questions they noticed pop up. People were confused that they kept saying McLeodd was in kindergarten but only 3 years old when he was in Menzies' mother's class. The couple is Australian and Menzies explained that it's the equivalent of American preschool.

They also clarified that although they went to high school together and kind of knew of the other's existence, they didn't really get to know each other until they started dating seven months ago. So no, they truly had no idea that her mother was his teacher. Menzies revealed that she "didn't actually know that my mum taught at kindergarten."

"I just knew she was a teacher," she explained.

She made him act out his reaction to seeing the photo, saying he was "speechless," and when she looked at the photo she started crying. McLeodd recognized her mother because of the pictures Menzies keeps in her room. Cue the "awws," because this is so cute, I'm kvelling.

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Katelyn Campbell, a clinical psychologist in South Carolina, worked with elementary school children in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. She recently shared a simple idea that helped then, in hopes that it might help now.

The psychologist tweeted, “We had our kids draw pictures of scenery that made them feel calm—we then hung them up around the school—to make the ‘other kids who were scared’ have something calm to look at.”



“Kids, like adults, want to feel helpful when they feel helpless,” she continued, saying that drawing gave them something useful to do.

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