Washington Post Editor Declares White Women “Lucky” We’re Not “Calling for “Revenge”


Poorly planned tweets may come and go, but screenshots are forever.

Global Opinions editor for The Washington Post, Karen Attiah, is no doubt coming to terms with this harsh reality after being slammed for a now-deleted tweet in which she said that white women are “lucky” that Black women are not “calling for revenge.”

Karen Attiah wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: —The 1921 Tulsa Massacre — Murder of Emmet Till — Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements — 53% of white women voting for Trump. White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s’. [sic] And not calling for revenge.”

“Karen” is a derogatory term for white women that is popularly used in memes and social media comments, and refers particularly to white women who are likely to complain to the manager of an establishment or call the police on Black people.

(Rather ironically, it’s also Attiah’s first name, rendering the insult rather moot in itself as clearly people other than white, entitled women are called “Karen.” But I digress.)

Nonetheless, her inflammatory tweet was later deleted, but not before screenshots were captured, the Daily Wire reports:

It is certainly chilling to note that at least 1.3K people liked the tweet before Attiah realized it was perhaps a bit inappropriate.

A follow-up tweet that was not deleted reads, “This is not patience and strength. It’s the result of knowing the price of resistance, and that much blood would be spilled. We must get away from the idea that enduring abuse is admirable.”

Four minutes after this tweet, she tweeted, “I’m just saying. Be happy we are calling for equality. And not actual revenge.”

Attiah explained prior to the previous tweets that “Here’s the real thing about ‘Karen’ memes. The dark side to handwringing about how ‘Karen’ hurts white women’s feelings is that it is a distraction from how everyday white women uphold white supremacy through violence, aggression and the weaponizing of their gender.”

The Daily Wire notes that Attiah has issued her own description of the “Karen” slur in a previous op-ed for The Washington Post:

In the past several years, “Karen” has come to represent a certain archetype of middle-aged white female privilege — or the new n-word, depending on whom you ask. Yup, “Karen” is the new black …Becky and Karen memes and jokes should be understood in this context, part of a long tradition to use humor to try to cope with the realities of white privilege and anti-blackness.

Having a term like “Karen” to refer to a certain perception of certain white women is one thing. But indicating that what “Karens” deserve, rather than their own slur, is violence is quite another.

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