The Karen after your child

Dear “Karen,” 

My Karen Translator is a service for Black people dealing with everyday racism from colleagues, friends, family, acquaintances and more. My Karen Translator aims to shift the burden of education and growth onto white people who have, consciously or unconsciously, acted out white supremacy in any number of ways.

We were recently informed that you have repeatedly told a child his mask is dirty because of his skin color. The magnitude of this racist abuse is hard to overstate, and worse, you have aimed it at a Black child already growing up in a society built to destroy his innocence and humanity.

There is not much to break down here. Typically, My Karen Translator provides an analysis of the racist behaviors embedded in an interaction, with space for the possibility that “Karen” is unaware of the white supremacist tactics she is employing. This cannot be true in your case.  Giving you the benefit of the doubt – assuming you don’t understand basic human biology, that you are unaware of the power a grown up holds over a child, and the power white people hold in society – would be playing devil’s advocate, and we are not here for that. 

Perhaps most heartbreaking of all, we understand that this child is not able to avoid continued interaction with you and the best we can hope for is that you will immediately stop attacking him and begin your much needed work to address the white supremacy you are wielding. Children’s livelihoods, psychological and emotional developments are at risk every day you decide not to. We advise you to start your anti-racism journey today. As soon as possible. It cannot wait. 


My Karen Translator


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