Karens are not merely “annoying customers of ‘any race’ demanding to speak to managers.” A “Karen” is a hateful, racist, white woman who is aware her white privilege. And while she won’t acknowledge it publicly, she will use it every opportunity she gets. Her targets are usually Black or Hispanic people. Although no non-white is safe from her violence. These are white women lying about assaults and more, calling the police on Black people and non-Black POC, with the hope that they will at least get arrested but knowing far worse can happen.
There is no such thing as a “Black Karen.” White people started to apply that term to everyone so that it will soften their racism. By changing the definition and application of the label, they are managing to do just that. Don’t let them.
The next time someone applies “Karen” to anyone other than a white woman, swiftly correct them. In this same way, they insist “anyone can be racist.” While bigotry and prejudice do not require a power structure, racism absolutely requires power.