A WASHINGTON Post writer who tweeted that white women were “lucky” black people were “just calling them Karens instead of calling for revenge” has just been promoted.
Karen Attiah, 34, will become a regular columnist on “race, international affairs, culture and human rights,” the paper declared on Thursday.
Attiah hit the headlines last summer when she claimed white women had long supported racial inequality and white supremacy in a series on tweets.
In a now-deleted post, Attiah said the “lies and tears of white women” were to blame for the 1921 Tulsa massacre and the lynching of 14-year-old Emmitt Till in Mississippi in 1955.
She went on to blame them for the “exclusion of black women from feminist movements” and pointed out that “53% of white women vot[ed] for Trump”.
“White women are lucky that we are just calling them Karens. And not calling for revenge,” she added.
“Karens” are white females who supposedly use their privilege to get their own way.
Doubling down on her claims, the 34-year-old posted in a separate tweet that still remains up: “Here’s the real thing about ‘Karen’ memes.
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“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.”
The 34-year-old former media consultant received intense backlash for comments, sharing death threats she received online.
She posted a text she received on July 1 from an unknown number warning her to “be careful with hate” and that “revenge on begets revenge”.
It also said that Attiah’s comment would “wake white men who will protect their women”.
The Post has remained tight-lipped about the incident.
In an announcement on Thursday, The Post’s top editorial team said Attiah was a “staunch human rights advocate” who has “won awards” for her coverage of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death in a Turkish consulate in 2018.