Why I’m Moving Away from Karenism


Because of our inability to have decent conversations, we have trended into dangerously divisive ways of being. For example, instead of calling racist white women- racist white women, we have adapted what I’ve coined as Karenism. Today, we are selecting what direction our country will go in for the next four years. Will the 45th president be re-elected, or will we celebrate a 46th president? Either way, our country has changed, and in my opinion, this change isn’t for the better. If you analyze the 2016 election results, one of the uncomfortable trends for people to discuss is the voting patterns for the college-educated and suburban living white women. Rather than focusing on this pattern, we have seen folks scapegoat minority voters.

Karenism is this pseudo-intellectual woke way of acknowledging white women. Their tears and fears are fashionably weaponized 
and can outright destroy lives.


Dangers Exist

While I will not dare contend with the dangerousness of white women crying, I will say I won’t continue to box all white people in the same category. Of course, some white people are racists, but we can’t overlook the fact that there are decent white people. We need to refocus our energies on surrounding ourselves with positive portrayals of decency. These last four years have made us question everything. All of the weaknesses of our country are exposed. We have seen America at her worst, and although it’s good for us to remember and embrace those evils, it’s also vital that we highlight decency when it occurs.

Moving away from Karenism

Moreover, this is why I have made the conscious decision to move on from Karenism. I think we have more in common than we are all willing to admit. By focusing on those commonalities, I’m looking to decrease the division we have endured for the past four years. I recently mitigated a Twitter exchange. My same message to those impassioned tweeters was the following: before you all discuss the differences you have, start the conversations off with something you all can agree on. For example, there is a lot of talk about school choice, charter schools, and schools’ education types. Rather than focus on the different types of schools, the initial conversations have to be on, do kids deserve good schools? The next part of the exchange should center on what schools are working for kids. Then and only then can we began to disagree.

Ray’s a Sellout

Some people won’t understand my stance. They will call me a sellout, or perhaps some other insult that they don’t truly understand.  I’ve never been one to do things because of others. I do it because of what is inside of my heart. Hopefully, this helps you to move away from Karenism. Just call them who they are, racist people.


Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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