I’ve joked about woke myself (there is a funny BBC skit about being too woke), but now that the 2024 campaign is gearing up and MAGA Republicans are so intent on turning it into a dirty word, and, in fact turning the entire campaign into a campaign against civil liberties and social bashing, I think we should look at the positive sides of the word.
A USA Today/Ipsos poll from a bit earlier this year finds that most Americans consider “wokeness” to be an awareness of injustices, not a reason to police others’ words.
From the poll:
“A new USA Today/Ipsos poll finds that Americans are divided on whether “woke” is a compliment or an insult. When asked what it means to be “woke,” however, a majority say it entails being informed about social injustices rather than being overly politically correct. Differences by party and age emerge around views on “wokeness,” with Democrats and younger Americans more likely to see “wokeness” as a compliment than Republicans and older Americans, respectively.”
Let’s not let it be turned into a dirty word.