What Does “Woke” Really Mean?

To the Editor:

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to be “woke” means to be “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social injustice)”.

A woke person recognizes the world is not a simple place and that equality and justice are not the same for everyone. The woke person understands that there is a lot of work to be done and they are so concerned enough about the inequity that they feel the need to stand up, speak out, and do something about it, especially for people who can’t help themselves.

They know that if they don’t do something, our world will never change.

But conservatives have gone to great lengths to try to turn this definition around and make it something it is not. They reject being woke as “pretentiousness” and, even worse, “cultural elitism”.

People who turn this around to make the word have a negative connotation often claim victim status for themselves because they believe those who claim societal inequity are trying to gain special social status above them.

This feeling can be fueled by overt racism, sexism (women belong at home), homophobia (their masculinity is being threatened), justified by their understanding of religious teachings, or the growing realization that Caucasians are quickly losing their majority status in this country. The fear of imagined repercussions is real to them.

They hate that calling people by derisive names that were acceptable in the past is now “politically incorrect”. They feel it’s another “right” they’re being forced to give up and they don’t like it. These people should just “suck it up”. Of course, they don’t understand just how hurtful these names are because the name callers are not part of those groups themselves.

Don’t let the conservative right fool you about what it means to be woke. Woke people see the injustice and inequality around them and want it to end – for everyone. Period.

Rachael Booth

Landaff, N. H.

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(4) comments

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

The elite have control of the dictionaries so they can write deceitful definitions that advance their cause, the definition for Woke is one of those as is the recently changed definition of what a vaccine is so people are fooled into a normalcy safe bias.

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

The Tavistock Institute is a social engineering group that works for the elite and is said to manipulate society so they will comply with the corporate takeover and enslavement of society, The Woke are their purported creation.

Eddy R. Woodchuck III

Wokeness is stuff pushed and paid for by the world economic forum cabal, AKA the Davos group. That group of elites are actively trying to destroy society by forcing absurdities thru their paid for media and army of woke of social idiots, The list of absurdities includes all of the 50 gender titles, that men can become pregnant and have babies. Or become a woman. The woke social idiots are a creation of the destruction cabal. George Orwell wrote about creating a woke class of zombies in his book 1984. the Woke repeat any lie they are told. The God of the woke is an authoritarian government. The woke are a cult and cult members trade off thinking for themselves for being told what to think. According to the world corporate demons, the woke are the perfect citizens.

Jim Dannis

Here's an example from California of the perverse results of "being actively attentive to important issues of racial injustice". That is, "woke".

Gutting mathematics curricula and taking any rigor out of expectations for student performance and instruction, all because of disproportionately poor performance by certain groups, is classic "wokeness".

What life outcomes would one expect from students in these classes who are actively prevented from developing math skills? Perversely, this "wokeness" will perpetuate and aggravate inequality of outcomes.

From the WSJ:

"If California education officials have their way, generations of students may not know how to calculate an apartment’s square footage or the area of a farm field, but the “mathematics” of political agitation and organizing will be second nature to them. Encouraging those gifted in math to shine will be a distant memory."

"This will be the result if a proposed mathematics curriculum framework, which would guide K-12 instruction in the Golden State’s public schools, is approved by California’s Instructional Quality Commission in meetings this week and in August and ratified by the state board of education later this year."

"The framework recommends eight times that teachers use a troubling document, “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction.” This manual claims that teachers addressing students’ mistakes forthrightly is a form of white supremacy. It sets forth indicators of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom,” including a focus on “getting the right answer,” teaching math in a “linear fashion,” requiring students to “show their work” and grading them on demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter. “The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false,” the manual explains. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuates ‘objectivity.’ ” Apparently, that’s also racist."

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