Hurt Words – Karen women demand apology from Foreign Policy magazine
The Letter from Ethnic Karen Women acknowledges that Palmer may have tried to be funny, but criticized his execution and the choice of subject matter.
“It was most definitely offensive and not in the least funny. It trampled on the ethnicity and lived experience of women living under an oppressive military dictatorship.
Karen women and the people of Myanmar took to Twitter and wrote to Foreign Policy asking for an apology for Palmer’s Tweet.
“Discontent is an understatement for the standard that was set by an associate editor of Foreign Policy – a respected publication. Please immediately apologize to the Karen women and the Burmese community and censor Mr. Palmer for his shameful tweet. “
Ethnic Karen expressed concerns about Palmer on social media – “He knows all too well the difference between ‘Karen’ used in the US and the Karen ethnicity [people] from Burma. Instead of using his privilege to help uplift those who are being persecuted, he instead participates in the abuse of the rights of others.
Since March of this year, the Burmese military has launched airstrikes and ground offensives against the Karen people in eastern Burma, displacing more than 70,000 people. Karen community groups are battling the rainy season rains, swollen rivers and Covid-19 border restrictions to provide medical care, medicine, food and shelter for displaced people.