The Karen defending Kyle Rittenhouse

Dear “Karen,” 

My Karen Translator is a service for BIPOC 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 you attacked a person of color you don’t know over Instagram in defense of a white supremacist murderer. We’re here to give you an opportunity to reflect on this with the shared goal of fighting white supremacy everywhere it arises, including within oneself. 

We found this incident to have the following “Karen-like” (white normative, white-centric, white supremacist) characteristics:

  • Deeply committed to the false ideologies of “white innocence” and “racial exceptionalism” that have privileged and protected white people in every possible facet of society for over 400 years
  • White pride/rage so impermeable you would rather align yourself with a white person who is an actual murderer than with Black victims of violence
  • Pride and rage; heinously defending murder and centuries of state-sanctioned violence against Black people during a global, civil uprising over racism 
  • Lack of understanding that the cash bail system rewards people who have money, puts higher price tags on “freedom” for BIPOC and is designed to keep Black and brown folks locked in cages where, currently, the unprecedented number of cases of COVID-19 should be treated as a national emergency
  • Refusal to see humanity in Black people; making no attempt to learn about Kalief Browder, his story or how our racist carceral system destroys Black childhoods, livelihoods and communities 
  • Stubborn dedication to misunderstanding and misappropriating what “injustice” actually is 
  • Terrorizing the one person of color you know over the internet with your out-of-the-blue, uninvited, rash communications embedded in superiority (and expecting a response) 
  • Appealing to what you’ve most certainly heard on whitestream media and attempting to argue that point without actually making any argument at all (and inability to create full sentences or spell words correctly)
  • Gaslighting a person of color by saying their argument is “week” in your WEAK attempt to manipulate them 
  • Ignorance of the fact that BIPOC are not only living in a carceral state, but have no need to be reminded of it on social media where your racist comments and DMs are in good company
  • Blatant denial of systemic racism, one’s own role in it and and all the ways you benefit from a white supremacist society

The comparison Dr. Ibram X. Kendi posted is EXACTLY the way our criminal “justice” system functions and it is the perfect example. 

Furthermore, this act of violence is heightened by your overt disrespect for both the families and communities of Kalief Browder and Jacob Blake. We recommend you:  

We hope this experience inspires you to act more boldly against racism anywhere it arises and join the life-long fight for racial equity and Black liberation.


My Karen Translator


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