A racist class being offered at Florida State University will focus on the “History of Karen” to attack white women.
The term “Karen” has been widely used as a slur against your average, every day, white woman.
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A flyer for the class, hosted by Dr. Meghan Martinez, features women of the Ku Klux Klan and an emoji with the stereotypical “can I speak to a manager” haircut.
The flyer also features a quote from New York Times columnist Charles Blow.
“The activation of white terror is a white woman’s soft power,” the quote reads. “We like to masculinize white supremacy, to presume it reeks of testosterone, when in fact, it is just as likely to be spritzed by perfume.”
The course, first reported by Campus Reform, will require reading a syllabus of books including Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Peterson, and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper.
Campus Reform notes that according to Dr. Martinez’ profile, “she primarily researches the history of racial violence and racial inequality in the US and its legacies.”