The anti-woke crusade is rooted in fear and ignorance, a mnemonic placeholder for the bigoted things most people wouldn’t dare say aloud. Black Americans have been using the term “woke” since the 1940s to describe a state of awareness toward racist policies and worldviews that negatively impact the Black community. However, many White people now use the term as a derogative slur, a cowardly way of spilling the beans while denying any beans were spilled.
What will grow in the place of “woke” if principles like diversity, equity, and inclusion are pulled out of the white rose garden by their roots? We’ll be left with a society where diversity will be viewed as problematic, where companies and schools no longer attempt to provide equitable opportunities to their employees and students, and where exclusionary tactics replace inclusion.
We know what anti-woke really means The anti-woke cruscade is rooted in fear and ignorance, a mnemonic placeholder for the bigoted things most people wouldn’t dare say aloud. Black Americans have been using the term “woke” since the 1940s to describe a state of awareness toward racist policies and…
Like Mussolini and Hitler before him, Trump knows that the strongman must be everything to his people. His devoted followers must be so bonded to him that no other leader is possible in their minds. Only he can save them.
“I am your warrior, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
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Let’s think about all this for a second. And not about the flimsy defense of “I was attacking an ideology!” — the subject of this jaw-dropping tirade. Let’s think instead about the key word in it. Eradication.
That word has a subtext. All words do. And increasingly, what’s happening on the right is that language functions as code. The code works because the subtext is implied. You don’t need to say it. Welfare queens. It doesn’t mean what “soccer moms” does, does it? And I hardly have to point out how — you already know, because the subtext is hidden in the phrase itself.
By now, you might have heard what happened over the weekend. A speaker at CPAC – the big conservative conference – said: “for the good of society … transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely – the whole preposterous ideology, at every level.” The internet went into an uproar.