Hamas Finally Answered The Question: “What Is Woke?”

When people show you who they are, believe them.

Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Even when everyone agreed it meant “awake to racial prejudice and discrimination,” the word “woke” was on shaky ground.

Sure, for some, it meant noticing the racial injustice in the legal system and the stereotype-enforcing portrayals of black people in the media. It meant asking why Willie Horton’s face played such a prominent role in George Bush’s presidential campaign. But for others, it meant believing that soft drinks made black men infertile and that saying “Good morning” is racist.

As we’re often reminded, language evolves. And in the 85 years since it was coined, “woke” has been used to describe everything from representation for children with disabilities to opposing regimes that imprison or execute gay people to making cartoon M&Ms “less sexy.

But in amongst all the usual “culture war” silliness, some of us saw something else.

We saw people so obsessed with identity that they think treating each other as individuals is “dangerous." We saw an aggressive political movement that refused to debate or compromise or even define itself. We saw cruelty and absolutism that were utterly at odds with liberal values.

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Steve QJ
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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