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Who is Karen???

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Kidz Bop Karen

Who is Karen?

Karen is a name applied to a white woman who causes a stir because she feels slighted in some way. She may be upset because she feels her rights are being violated (see grocery store I refuse to wear a mask Karen). She may feel the need to antagonize someone from another race for simply existing in a place she feels they do not belong (see why are you in this parking lot Karen). She may feel empowered to call the police if she thinks her life is in danger (see call the police on the law-abiding black man Karen). Now that we are filming everything, Karen is now famous, or should I say infamous. We need to find out: who is Karen? Karen has been duped!

Who is Karen?

Karen is a white woman who realizes she was sold the beauty lie. She is not the standard by which all other women are judged. Most Karens are “normal” women who are not the standard of beauty anymore. There is nothing wrong with that! However, society has told her that white women should be 115 lbs., blond, blue-eyed, and perky, which makes them the most beautiful women. However, Karen is not 115 lbs. She is not blond with blue eyes. She is not perky! Her husband knows it too, and he keeps the beauty lie going. Today, she is treated differently, and she knows it. She is treated as a second-class white woman. It is just is not fair! Karen must take her frustrations out on someone. She chooses to get upset, yell, and marginalize people to let her anger out.

Who is Karen?

Karen is a white woman who realizes she has been sold the age lie too. The standard of beauty also includes being young and excludes being old. Karen is usually in her 40s or older. Check the news stories and the videos of Karens gone wild! Even if she was 115lbs, blond, blue-eyed, and perky at one time, she is not anymore. In her world, the young, skinny bitch has taken her place. Her husband knows it too, so he helps the age lie to have a negative effect on Karen. He wants younger women. He flirts with younger women. Hell, he even employs younger women. Karen is left behind. Karen must take her frustrations out on someone. She chooses to get upset, yell, and marginalize people to let her anger out.

Who is Karen?

Karen is a white woman who has been sold the race lie too. Society over time has come around to the idea that women of color are beautiful too. She knows black girl magic exists, but she has been told all her life white girl magic is better. But where is it? She might have heard about melanin, even though she has no idea what it means. All she knows is she does not have it, and she feels she should! Her husband knows it too, and he is more open to valuing women of color. So, Karen is not the standard of beauty anymore, and no longer put on a pedestal because of her race. Her whiteness is no longer in vogue. Karen must take her frustrations out on someone. She chooses to get upset, yell, and marginalize people to let her anger out.

Who is Karen?

(A side note while we are on the subject of race… For anyone to compare calling someone Karen to calling someone the N-word, please believe that is a ridiculous comparison. Once again, the name Karen has been reserved for a white woman who creates a stir to counter the actions of a person of color. The N-word has been used to slur a black person for simply existing. To be clear, the name Karen is applied when she starts the “problem”, and the N-word is applied whether there is a problem or not.)

Who is Karen?

Karen is a white woman who has been sold the economic lie too. While her skin color has allowed her to progress, her ascent is still blocked by her white male counterparts. The higher you go, the less likely you are to see Karen. Even if she possesses the intelligence and experience to lead, she will not get the chance she deserves. Her husband knows it too, and he keeps her in her place economically. She is relegated to earning less than her male colleagues (even though its still higher than people of color in similar positions). By the way, this only includes Karen who is connected. What happens to Karen who is disconnected? She works a blue-collar job and struggles to meet the economic needs of her family. Karen must take her frustrations out on someone. She chooses to get upset, yell, and marginalize people to let her anger out.

Who is Karen?

Karen is a white woman who has been sold the safety lie too. She is convinced everyone, especially black men, are out to get her. She believes she needs to tread lightly around a black man. So, he cannot be too close to Karen in a store. He can not reside in her building. He cannot be in her space because he does not belong there. So, she must defend herself anytime she feels threatened, even if it is just her imagination. Her husband knows it too, and he uses the threat posed by men of color as a control mechanism. Karen wants her space, yet her efforts are not enough because today black men are more likely to frequent the same places as Karen. Karen must take her frustrations out on someone. She chooses to get upset, yell, and marginalize people to let her anger out.

Here is where Karen misses the point. She is treated just like a person of color: a second-class citizen. Instead of her being mad with the establishment, and the white men who uphold it, she is mad with the people who can relate to her pain. She is upset with those who are also marginalized. She is angry with the wrong people. She could align herself with people of color, or at least, people who have the same economic anxieties as she does, Together, Karen and her new allies could push for rights all marginalized people want: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. She might even be regarded as a leader, which is a status Karen never seems to achieve.

Instead, Karen chooses to fight her battles in a different way. She chooses to take out her frustrations by causing a ruckus when she feels her rights are being violated. She confronts people of color who are not supposed to be in a certain place or doing a certain thing. Karen will call the police if she feels threatened. All these actions point to one simple fact: Karen finally realizes the world does not revolve around her. She does not like it. She thinks she needs a scapegoat to take out her frustrations. I think she needs something else.

In the African American culture, the black man is praised when he protects his black woman, and vilified when he does not. Is the same standard true in white society? I do not see the same standards at all. I do not think white men are held to the protect the white woman or else standard like black men. Yet, this is exactly what Karen needs. Karen needs her man to stand up for her. He needs to end the lie about beauty. He needs to end the lie about age. He needs to end the lie about race. He needs to end the lie about safety. When he does this, Karen should feel more protected, and less likely to think the world is out to get her.

Just like so many people have been sold lies about their place in society, so has Karen. She recognizes the misconception of beauty is a lie. She gets older and learns the misconception of age is a lie. She observes the rise of women of color and figures the misconception about race is a lie. Her paycheck shows the misconception of her economic status is a lie. She cannot frequent her favorite places without noticing he misconception of her safety is a lie. Karen finally understands everything she has been taught is based on lies. She takes out her frustrations on those she believes are pushing her aside, invading her precious space, and violating her rights.

Who is Karen?

I know her. Now, you know her too.

Does she know herself? Does her husband know her?

Does she know what makes her Karen?

Will she stop acting like Karen?