The Karen who’s scared of Kamala

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 targeted a Black friend with your “fears” about Kamala Harris. 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:

  • Stealing hard-won Black joy; sending your message of “concern” around Kamala Harris after seeing your friend celebrate that a Black & Indian  woman, against every possible odd, gained one of the highest positions in politics and all that represents
  • Centering yourself, ignoring your friend’s feelings and direct messaging to turn her attention from a moment of pride to your personal and performative question
  • Utilizing the racist tactic of mispronouncing or misspelling the names of people of color with your use of “Kamela” even as her correct name has been all over the press and was included in the link you sent
  • Inability and/or refusal to celebrate Black achievement without finding some way to find fault with the individual who has success
  • Being “scared” of Black people
  • Feigning interest in a Black person’s perspective with no intent of actually listening to what they have to say (i.e. asking a question and then immediately following with your own thoughts) 
  • Believing you can excuse all of this behavior, or that you deserve some sort of recognition, for thinking “very positively” about a Black person

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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