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How the 'Karen Meme' Confronts the Violent History of White Womanhood

Apryl Williams discusses the historical context and significance of the ‘Karen Meme’ for TIME.

“These memes are actually doing logical and political work of helping us get to legal changes or legislative changes, which is really something to be said,” says Williams. “While of course, they aren’t a standalone movement on their own, they actively call out white supremacy and call for restitution. They really do that work of highlighting and sort of commenting on the racial inequality in a way that mainstream news doesn’t capture.”

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