"Once 'woke' was a term that denoted Black people who had become conscious of the full scope of white supremacy and its pervasiveness.
Then white people started appointing themselves "woke" to mean they had a rudimentary grasp of racism.
"Woke" was an acknowledgement
It meant looking inwards and finding the parts of oneself that did not belong and had been planted there by oppressive life education
It opened your eyes
Which is... Not the same.
It became a status symbol to denote that a white person by acknowledging racism is not racist and is exempt from complicity in white supremacy or from needing further introspection
So basically the opposite of "woke"
To consider oneself "woke" as a white person was to demonstrate that one had not really been awakened at all.
It didn't require fundamentally reassessing ones identity.
It didn't even require learning about whiteness.
Just admitting racism still exists.
Instead of representing a deep, arduous and painful journey of realization and epiphany, it began to represent shallow, self-congratulatory status-seeking.
It's beginning was simply Black vernacular for "alert and aware" and that vernacular became applied to awareness of cultural oppression in all its forms.