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A Washington Post editor sparked controversy on social media when she said white women are lucky that Black people are "just calling them Karens" and not taking revenge on them.

Karen Attiah, who is Black, tweeted on Sunday that the "lies and tears of white women" caused the murders of Black people in America for decades.

In her tweet, she cited civil rights violations by Karens throughout history, including Emmett Till's murder after a white woman accused the boy of flirting with her.

Attiah then tweeted that white women were "lucky" that "we are just calling them Karens and not calling for revenge."

After surviving the backlash from white men and women who called for her termination, Attiah dug in her heels and tweeted: "Be happy we are calling for equality. And not actual revenge."

Conservative writer Matt Walsh tweeted: "Oh so insulting generalizations based on race and gender are okay now? Or are they only okay for you? Just trying to understand the rules."

Another user tweeted: "You threaten white women with violence. WashPo what is your response? The world is watching and waiting."

The hashtag #fireKarenAttiah began trending on Twitter on Monday.

Karen is a pejorative term to describe entitled white women who snitch on Black people to the police, retail managers, or company HR departments.

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Nearly four dozen Philadelphia Inquirer journalists called out sick after the paper published a "Buildings Matter Too" op-ed.

At least 44 Black journalists called out sick, saying they are tired of being "sick and tired" after the newspaper appeared to compare buildings with Black Lives Matter, the far left group that campaigns against violence and systemic racism.

The opinion piece expressed disapproval of the property damage caused by protests over the death of George Floyd, 46, at the hands of a white policeman who kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in Minneapolis.

"Yes, they can be rebuilt, while lives are forever lost. But that doesn't mean they will be," read the sub-headline.

The paper issued an apology on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for the Black journalists who say the headline reflects the racial disharmony at the paper.

The journalists said an apology doesn't cut it when the culture of racism and lack of empathy persists at the Inquirer.

"As journalists of color, we do more than report on the community — we are the community," staffers said in an open letter Wednesday to the paper's top execs. "We do our best to give the community a platform to be heard. We strive to represent the voice of the people. And we are tired."

The Black writers went on to say they are tired of the "hasty apologies and silent corrections," of endless "workshops and worksheets and diversity panels," and of "working for months and years to gain the trust of our communities — only to see that trust eroded in an instant by careless, unempathetic decisions."

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