Yesterday I was abused by being called woke. Not that I see it as abuse. It’s what the right-wing have started banding about as a put-down. In their eyes it is a sign of weakness. They regard all caring as a sign of weakness. I see it as entirely the opposite. Standing up to injustice and exploitation is a sign of strength, not weakness.
I thought I’d reinvestigate the word.
Here’s a definition: woke chiefly US slang 1 : aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).
I stand opposed to all social injustice, racism, exploitation and inequality. I am woke to what is going on.
The establishment thrives on a hierarchy of injustice and inequality. I’m woke to it.
There is a racial and class system that makes second-class citizens out of most of the population. I’m woke to it.
I’m woke to a political system that gives millions away to a few while taxing the poor.
I’m woke to the gross unfair inequality that lies at the base of our society.
I’m woke to the terrible crimes committed by this elite establishment in the past – the attacking of other countries, the pillaging of their wealth, destruction of their cultures, death and enslavement of their people and the way that wealth was brought back to perpetuate an unfair system in which a few lived in great mansions with servants while the majority were exploited, overworked and kept in abject poverty.
I remain opposed to this hierarchical establishment that is still flourishing and exploiting to this day.
Yes. I am woke. I wear it as a badge of honour. I care. I want a better, fairer world for everyone. I want an end to discrimination, racism, sexism, misogyny and a system that creates such an unfair world and perpetuates wars and gross inequality.
I am woke.
I regard those who would use such a term as a put-down as being either ignorant, misguided, extremely unpleasant, arrogant or stupid. Take your pick.
In my view supporting racism and inequality is simply nasty.
Looking at history without recognising the wrongs done is a sign of ignorance, stupidity or blind nationalism.