The Washington Post’s Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah is unapologetic after deleting a tweet that claimed White women are “lucky” Black women aren’t calling for “revenge” against them.
“White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s,’ and not calling for revenge,” Ms. Attiah tweeted to her 185,000 followers Sunday evening.
Ms. Attiah included in her tweet a list of the misdeeds she said White women “hath wrought,” including the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, the murder of Emmet Till, the exclusion of Black women from feminist movements and the fact that some 53% of White women voted for President Trump in 2016.
After facing a wave of backlash, Ms. Attiah deleted the tweet but made it clear she meant what she wrote. She retweeted another user who wrote, “When I tweet something and then delete it, it’s not because I regret it. It’s almost never that, lol. I just want to say some s—t real quick and then leave. It’s very much the energy of squidward running away manifested.”
“Same. Lol,” Ms. Attiah responded.
“Non, je ne regrette rien,” she wrote in another tweet, making it clear she had no regrets.
“If you’re more worried about white women’s feelings than about how they uphold white supremacy… then… Well, this is how white supremacy works. In real-time,” she tweeted.
“But here’s the real thing about ‘Karen’ memes,” she wrote. “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 weaponzing of their gender.”