It is a name that has become a phenomenon, a symbol, sometimes even a cliché: “Karen”. This is what Americans call these white women who see African Americans as a threat. Of course, there is also the male counterpart to the “Karen”: the “Ken”.
Many videos with these middle class women, who call the police to report their black neighbors on the pretext that they seem suspicious, have proliferated in recent months on social networks, becoming the front page of news channels.
A form of ordinary racism, which the New York Times seen as symptomatic of the “white privilege” that still rages in America. But phenomenon “Karen”, amplified under the Trump era, now also designates these women who refuse to hide their faces in stores, do not respect quarantine, and think that the Covid-19 pandemic is exaggerated.
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