Washington Post opinions editor says white women are ‘lucky’ people aren’t calling for ‘revenge’


The Washington Post’s opinions editor has been accused of inciting violence after posting her inflammatory tweet on Sunday. There are calls for her to be fired, but The Post has not publicly responded  

The Washington Post’s opinions editor has been accused of inciting violence for tweeting that white women are ‘lucky’ black people are ‘just calling them Karen’s and not calling for revenge’. 

Karen Attiah posted the tweet on Sunday, saying: ‘The lies and tears of white women hath wrought; the 1921 Tulsa massacre, murder of Emmett Till, exclusion of black women from feminist movements, 53% of white women voting for Trump. 

‘White women are lucky that we are just calling them Karens. And not calling for revenge.’  

Later, in her comments section, she doubled down on the remark, saying: ‘I’m just saying. Be happy we are calling for equality. And not actual revenge.’ 

The tweets sparked outrage from other users who called for her to be fired. 

‘Oh so insulting generalizations based on race and gender are okay now? Or are they only okay for you? Just trying to understand the rules,’ conservative writer Matt Walsh replied to Attia.  

‘You threaten white women with violence. WashPo what is your response? The world is watching and waiting,’ another tweeted. 

Soon after, the hashtag #fireKarenAttiah began circulating on Twitter.  

As of Tuesday morning, The Washington Post has not publicly commented on Attiah’s incendiary remarks. 

Washington Post opinions editor Karen Attiah tweeted on Sunday that white women were 'lucky' black people were calling them 'Karen's and not calling for revenge'

Washington Post opinions editor Karen Attiah tweeted on Sunday that white women were ‘lucky’ black people were calling them ‘Karen’s and not calling for revenge’ 

‘Karen’ is a derogatory term being given to entitled, white women who are caught on camera or video trying to assert themselves over people of color in social situations. 

Many people called out Attiah over the irony that her first name is also Karen.  

After widespread outrage, Attiah deleted her tweet – but she insinuated that it was not because she regretted her remarks. 

She retweeted another user who stated: ‘When I tweet something and then delete it, it’s not because I regret it. It’s almost never that. I just want to say some s**t real quick and then leave.’

‘Same. Lol,’ Attiah wrote above that message. 

It is unclear whether she was privately reprimanded by The Washington Post and forced to take down her message.

Later on Monday, Attiah appeared to tire of the backlash, writing on Twitter: ‘Adding another shot to my drink’.

She later seemed to want to change the conservation, bluntly tweeting: ‘Anyway’. 

However, social media users continued to blast the journalist.   

After widespread outrage, Attiah deleted her tweet - but she appeared to insinuate that it was not because she regretted her remarks. She is pictured speaking on stage at Glamour magazine's 2018 Women Of The Year Summit

After widespread outrage, Attiah deleted her tweet – but she appeared to insinuate that it was not because she regretted her remarks. She is pictured speaking on stage at Glamour magazine’s 2018 Women Of The Year Summit

The incidents – which go viral on social media – began before the death of George Floyd on May 25th but have now gathered steam and are part of the national conversation about race relations in America. 

While many of the exchanges are undoubted examples of bigotry, others are less clear cut. 

An unidentified white woman in Seattle was filmed sobbing and insisting she was not a Karen after being accused of flipping the bird at a black man at a light stop. Karlos Dillard, the man, followed her home to film her and post the footage online. In another video, he said she'd called him the N-word. That was not caught on tape

An unidentified white woman in Seattle was filmed sobbing and insisting she was not a Karen after being accused of flipping the bird at a black man at a light stop. Karlos Dillard, the man, followed her home to film her and post the footage online. In another video, he said she’d called him the N-word. That was not caught on tape 

One of the first 'Karen' incidents was in Central Park when Amy Cooper (pictured) called the cops on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper, alleging that he was threatening her, when all he'd asked her was to do was put her dog on a leash

One of the first ‘Karen’ incidents was in Central Park when Amy Cooper (pictured) called the cops on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper, alleging that he was threatening her, when all he’d asked her was to do was put her dog on a leash 

Last week, an unidentified woman in Seattle was filmed sobbing in her driveway and pleading not to be filmed, saying she had a ‘black husband’. 

Karlos Dillard filmed the video, saying the woman had called him the N-word during a road rage dispute. 

He then started selling t-shirts online with the words ‘I have a black husband’ printed on them and defended it by saying that ‘white people ‘profit off of everything black people do in this country’ and calling it his ‘prerogative’ if he wanted to sell the t-shirts.

The woman in the video denied flipping him off and he did not accuse her of using a racial slur against him when they were together. That accusation was in a different piece of footage when she was not there. 

Conversely, one of the original ‘Karen’ videos involved white woman Amy Cooper calling the police on Christian Cooper, a black birdwatcher in Central Park, claiming he was threatening her when he had simply asked her to put her dog on a leash.  

Christian Cooper was never charged but he has since described the footage as proof of how quickly a white person can be to make a false or overzealous accusation against a black person to law enforcement. 

In light of police brutality and systemic racism within law enforcement, such false accusations, he said, can be particularly dangerous. 

The 1921 Tulsa Massacre Attiah referred to in her tweet started with the alleged sexual assault of a white elevator operator by a black teenage boy.

It was never proven that any attack actually happened and the girl involved declined to press charges but the incidents incited days of violence that led to dozens of deaths. 

Emmett Till was just 14 when he was lynched in 1955 after a white woman complained he’d offended a white woman in a grocery store. 

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