The moniker ‘Karen’ has been used in contemporary jargon to belittle women who engage in disagreements others believe they have limited reason or connection to, such as the proverbial situation of demanding to speak to a store manager about a minor perceived transgression.
In his column, Ali claimed many Americans thought such women were “won over” by the rise of Beyonce Knowles, Oprah Winfrey and chai tea beverages, but that instead they “will always turn on people of color on a dime to uphold oppressive systems that ensure they remain influential and powerful handmaidens of White supremacy.”
Virginia parent Brooke Corbett, who voted for Youngkin on Tuesday, told “The Story” that she did not seek out a confrontation on education policy and said her objections have nothing to do with race:
“In a short period of time, we started hearing more about this thing called, critical race theory, which I had never heard about. And after some investigation, some requests that I started seeing on the news, a lot of taxpayer money … had been invested in some teacher training and that would be rolled into student curriculum that I didn’t agree with,” she said.
Corbett explained that her local school board representative denied that FCPS was teaching critical race theory but instead “antibias education” – which she said was Fairfax’s way to get out of admitting to teaching what some have called a Marxist revision of American and Colonial history.
“It’s clearly in the classroom,” she said of critical race theory, adding that documents and information she has seen led her to further assert that the seeds of such curricula were planted during Democrat Terence McAuliffe’s initial term as Virginia governor, which ended in 2017.
She said that to hide the existence of critical race theory, school boards and activists have hidden it behind terms like “antibias education” or “equity” – the latter of which she said is actually the opposite of “equality”, which was the dream of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.