How #Karen Is Rooted In A History Of Black Oppression

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, July 6, 2020 - 12:24pm
Updated: Monday, July 6, 2020 - 12:54pm

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If you’ve been on social media in the last several months, amid the stream of memes about working from home and the constant news about COVID-19, you may have noticed a hashtag trending: #Karen. So, you might be wondering, "What is a 'Karen?'”

The use of #Karen has become a point of debate lately — with some calling it sexist, ageist, even the new N-word.

Karen Attiah is the global opinions editor at The Washington Post. And, while she is named Karen, she is not a middle-aged white woman. She comes from a very different background, in fact, and says the #Karen trend is not racist or sexist. It’s rooted in a long history of Black oppression.

The Show spoke with her for more about it.

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