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The Shocking Truth Behind the War on Black History: Unmasking Woke Culture (166 hits)

I have a problem with the way in which the Black connotation of the word 'woke' and the phrase 'stay woke' have been mocked, misinterpreted, hijacked, politicized and demonized. I have never been one to complain about anything that resembles cultural appropriation, but this issue encompasses so much more than matters of music, hairstyles, clothing or food preparation. Our very knowledge and awareness of our history as Black people in America is under a whole new and blatant attack.

I resent the way in which politicians (right-wingers in particular) and pundits downplay, disregard and even attempt to block the history of racism in terms of socio-economic, educational and political inequities; redlining of neighborhoods many of which remain segregated to this day and the terrorizing, killing and infliction of police brutality on Black people. Consequently, our history of strength, resilience, contributions and ongoing progression despite racism is systematically being reduced, under-represented and hidden with the intention to diminish it in the minds of the younger mainstream America... including US! We cannot let this happen.

We must take the time to communicate with each other and 'Stay Woke' on our own terms as originally intended. I would also like to add that my personal interpretation of the word 'woke' includes a willingness to acknowledge of our problems, weaknesses and mistakes, and taking action to correct them. We are living in an era that demands we have the courage to stand up to those who misuse the Black connotation of the word 'woke.' We must correct those among us whose ignorance serves as a distraction to the awakening itself. So talk about it, write about it, and check someone right on-the-spot if needed. Do whatever you feel you need to do (within reason) to take OUR meaning of the word 'woke' back!


Posted By: Gene Amadi Jakande
Saturday, April 27th 2024 at 4:39AM
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