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The evolution of a nickname for a certain type of white woman.

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past couple years, you know what a so-called ‘Karen’ is: a white woman who uses her race and gender to wield power over someone more vulnerable. But long before most people became familiar with the term Karen, Black folks have been calling out Karen-esque behavior.

So on this episode, we’re tracing the lineage of the modern Karen. Where did she come from? What is she like? And who — or what — might she be distracting from? (Hint: Institutional racism. The answer is institutional racism.)

Then, we’re talking about Karens of the future. What does the next generation of Karens look like, and why might they be harder to spot than the people who are called out on social media?

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Felecia Phillips Ollie DD (h.c.) is the inspiring leader and founder of The Equality Network LLC (TEN). With a background in coaching, travel, and a career in news, Felecia brings a unique perspective to promoting diversity and inclusion. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in English/Communications, she is passionate about creating a more inclusive future. From graduating from Mississippi Valley State University to leading initiatives like the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Felecia is dedicated to making a positive impact. Join her journey on our blog as she shares insights and leads the charge for equity through The Equality Network.

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