Merriam-Webster - Woke: aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)
Conservative writer Bethany Mandel: “It is sort of the understanding that we need to totally re-imagine and redo society in order to create hierarchies of oppression.”
they’ve shown over the years, the radical Right notoriously refuses to discuss
or debate in good faith. Every high school debate team learns a debate depends
on mutual agreement on definitions of terms.
becomes a problem in today’s political discourse. The Right will often reject
accepted meanings of terms to suit their bias, dishonesty, bigotry, racism, and
have usurped the unilateral authority to redefine terms. It's one of their
primary propaganda tools. An early example is their suppressing the accurate
term “Estate tax” and redefining it as the “death tax”. Estates are taxed,
death isn’t. Patriotism itself was twisted into loyalty to Trump and seeing progressives and Democrats
as "communists who hate America". Anything tinged with fear and anger is useful
for their purposes. They know fear and anger motivates uninformed and
uneducated Americans to support them.
More recently radical Right white Republicans have been relentlessly redefining and demonizing terms like Critical Race Theory and “woke”. Their goal is to use these terms as emotional triggers to frighten and infuriate white conservatives into racial resentments and to inflame bigotry. That’s what wins elections for them. Their duplicitous culture war must be vehemently challenged.
Now we see almost everything that annoys conservatives is "woke". Every academic discussion of the history and effects of slavery and racism is “Marxist CRT”. It forces white children to be "uncomfortable" and teaches them "America is racist and you are to blame".
In their propaganda, only white conservatives are allowed to define woke, CRT, and even racism. This has gone to the extreme absurdity that conservative white Americans are being told by their leaders THEY are now the “real victims” of racism.
the other hand, there’s the fringe on the Left that do no favors for their
concept of woke. Protesting racist police brutality is woke. Rioting and
destruction isn’t. It is criminal, and it will be falsely branded as “woke” by
or tipping over statues of Lincoln or the founders who owned slaves isn’t woke.
It’s vandalism and a crime. It dishonors the legacy of their own wokism of
their time. Abolishing slavery and establishing a democratic republic were
their responses to systemic injustice.
Blacks and educators dare discuss CRT and the real history and effects of
slavery and racism, they are smeared as promoting “wokism”, as if they are the
“evil commie racists”. Behind their howls about CRT lurks the stench of racism.
Behind their howls about “woke” lies bigotry.
is woke to understand members of the LGBTQ community have been victims of
bigotry and abuse. But when some of them demand special accommodations and
conformity to their chosen pronouns, they should understand this can confuse
and upset people who never had exposure to their culture and lifestyles. They
might want to consider whether they are forcing too much on other’s beliefs and
sensitivities. Most Americans aren’t comfortable with teens or their parents
deciding on transgender surgeries.
are uncomfortable with trans kids in school sports, or what bathroom they use.
and demands for conformity become counterproductive. What happens next is any
criminal and aggressive behavior will be what the Right calls “woke”, only to
result in more bigoted and racist reaction. Progressives shouldn’t let the radical
Right bigots and racists define woke, CRT, and racism. It is not their right to
sole purpose of these deceptions and outright lies is to fuel division, racism,
anger, and hate in their white conservative base. All to get votes so they can
have power. This reveals them as basically sociopathic con artists. If they
can’t have power, they are more than willing to tear the country apart. Some
Texas Republicans even want a vote on secession.
originated as a term for conscious awareness of injustices against Blacks, and
efforts to address it in good conscience. These have never been valued by the
power seeking Right, so they need to dishonestly distort and redefine woke,
CRT, and racism.
good news is most Americans don’t seem to be buying into the Republicans’
distorted politicized definition of woke:
presidential hopefuls are vowing to wage a war on "woke," but a
new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds a majority of Americans are inclined to see the
word as a positive attribute, not a negative one.
Fifty-six percent of
those surveyed say the term means "to be informed, educated on, and
aware of social injustices." That includes not only three-fourths of
Democrats but also more than a third of Republicans.
Overall, 39% say
instead that the word reflects what has become the GOP political definition,
"to be overly politically correct and police others' words." That's
the view of 56% of Republicans.
would Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis pass a “Stop WOKE Act”? So he can demonize
and redefine it to his political advantage. The same is true for the entire
DeSantis’ lawyers were forced by the court to define “woke”, the lead lawyer
correctly described it as “The belief there are systemic injustices in American
society and the need to address them.”
founders, abolitionists, Lincoln, Native American leaders, suffragettes, Martin
Luther King and civil rights advocates, as well as the voting rights and civil
rights acts were all “woke” by this definition. Many of these Americans were
murdered for what the Right now calls “wokeism”. Even Jesus was crucified for
his “woke” compassionate teachings about loving your neighbor, welcoming the stranger, visiting
prisoners, feeding the poor and healing the sick, the “least of my brothers”.
did they all have in common? Contemporary conservatives hated them all.