Whenever conservatives complain about "woke-ism," it's always useful to see what exactly they are trying to protect from its supposed abuses. In this case, the "brave, free thinking" being defended here is eugenics/scientific racism, which has been debunked repeatedly.
What most conservatives call "woke-ism," non-reactionary academics would call "having and enforcing a basic level of professional standards for evidence and argumentation." It's not "woke" for a biology department to refuse to host a talk by a creationist.
Just like the "Plandemic" hoaxers claimed to be speaking "truths that THEY don't want you to hear," our modern day eugenicists and climate deniers and creationists and [fill in the blanks] try to claim public space for their discredited buffoonery in the same way.
I've been listening to Father Coughlin's fascist radio shows from the 1930s and he never stops complaining (to his audience of ~15 million listeners) about how "the controlled press" is suppressing the "truths" that he is bravely trying to share with the American people.

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Listening to some Father Coughlin radio shows from the late 1930s, as one does on a Sunday night, and was reminded that his general line on Nazism was "it's the consequence of Communism, and Communism was the fault of the Jews." archive.org/details/Father…
Coughlin, like most US fascists, was putatively "against" the Nazis. He claimed to dislike the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. But then he would turn around to say "but I totally understand why Germans would want to destroy those godless Communists who are mostly Jews."
This excerpt from the show entitled "Jews Support Communism" pretty much sums it up. Anti-semites like Coughlin ALWAYS say they are not against "all Jews," just the "bad ones who are Communists." And by "communists" these antisemites just mean "to my left."
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