‘Woke’ according to the Left and the Right

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Black Lives Matter poster in downtown Los Angeles, 2020. (Rawpixel)

The meaning of ‘woke’ according to the Left and the Right

Woke is a recent term that gained traction during the massive, unruly protest of the Marxist group Black Lives Matter in 2020. It has evolved to refer to being socially and politically aware of social justice, LGBTQIA rights, and inequality issues.

The beginnings of ‘woke’

Woke is an adjective derived from African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) that means “alert to racism and discrimination.” It emerged in the 1930s and became popular again in 2014 after Black Lives Matter (BLM) used the phrase “stay woke” to protest the shooting of Michael Brown.

The term “woke” is a slang term by mostly left liberals. Initially, it means to be socially conscious of Black prejudice.

How woke became a pejorative term

In 2016, wokeness became associated with being anti-American due to “woke athletes” kneeling before the American flag instead of showing traditional respect.

In 2020, the height of wokeness led to violent and destructive protests and some looting, although 93% was generally peaceful.

“Woke cities” like San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and New York supported the protest and even the defunding of police as one of their “woke” awakenings.

Cultural appropriation and cancel culture

LGBTQ activists also embraced wokeness to overcome discrimination and prejudice—along with protests to ban consumer products that made money on cultural appropriation.

By 2022, it became a pejorative term after Democrat politicians, mainstream media, and colleges empowered “wokeness” that discriminated against religious conservatives.

Hence, wokeness became synonymous with “cancel culture.”

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Left Liberal definition of the word woke

On the Left, being woke is generally seen as a positive attribute. “Stay woke” advocates racial justice for marginalized groups, particularly Blacks in America.

Liberals use it to promote social justice and create a more inclusive and diverse society.

Woke in popular culture is often used to describe someone aware of and actively fighting against bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia.

Woke and the Black Lives Matter cause became synonymous, but in 2021, wokeism expanded to LGBTQ causes.

Ultimately, woke means to promote social justice and create a more inclusive society that includes Blacks and LGBTQ who they claim are persecuted in America.

Woke Asians

Asians never adopted Wokeism except for a few liberal Asian Americans who associate themselves with prejudice against non-whites.

On the contrary, Asians experienced discrimination and prejudice from random Black Lives Matter activists.

From 2020 to 2021, the Asian Pacific Group AAPI reported at least 10,000 incidents of hate crimes against Asians from both Whites and Blacks.

Right Conservative definition of the word woke

Woke as pejorative

On the Right, the term woke is often viewed negatively. As pejorative, it is used to mock or criticize political correctness and identity politics advocates.

Conservatives also see wokeness as a Marxist ideology that only seeks its voice and silence opposing viewpoints.

Tokenism, historical revisionism, and, ultimately, Christian persecution are the outcome of woke culture.

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