It's Been A Minute Presents: Code Switch - What's In A 'Karen'? : It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders "Karen" is not just a name. It's also a persona, an attitude, a label for a certain type of white woman determined to get what she wants—especially at the expense of Black people. Karens are part of a long lineage going back at least a couple centuries. This week we share an episode from Code Switch about the origins of "Karen" as an archetype, who her ancestors were, and why such a label even exists.
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Code Switch: What's In A 'Karen'?

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Code Switch: What's In A 'Karen'?

Code Switch: What's In A 'Karen'?

Code Switch: What's In A 'Karen'?

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

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"Karen" is not just a name. It's also a persona, an attitude, a label for a certain type of white woman determined to get what she wants—especially at the expense of Black people. Karens are part of a long lineage going back at least a couple centuries. This week we share an episode from Code Switch about the origins of "Karen" as an archetype, who her ancestors were, and why such a label even exists.