“Becky & Karen” making the world a living hell for BIPOC people since 1619

Tonya Pinkins
5 min readJul 17, 2020

Black women are intimately familiar with “Becky” and “Karen.” White women who on the low end of the spectrum treat us as invisible and on the high end weaponize their whiteness and sometimes cost us our lives.

I am a Tony award-winning actress who in 2015 portrayed Jacklyn in Rasheeda Speaking at The New Group opposite two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest. The play is a dramatization of a #KarenGoneWild in the workplace. Director Cynthia Nixon was a #KarenGoneWild. The juxtaposition of the Covid-19 pandemic…