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5'7'' Black Male @absurdistwords
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I can write it for you.

"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.

The End"
It is frequently an identity shifting event when a Black person who has been indoctrinated in white supremacy since birth awakens to the truth of how it has lurked in every corner of their lives, shaping how they see and interact with the world

"Woke" was an acknowledgement
The process of becoming "woke" was one that involved a reevaluation of everything one had learned and experienced in a new light.

It meant looking inwards and finding the parts of oneself that did not belong and had been planted there by oppressive life education
Becoming "woke" came with a hunger to figure out everything you had missed, like watching a cleverly crafted mystery the second time through.

It opened your eyes
For white people, "woke" came to mean that they understood that white people could be mean to Black people from time to time.

Which is... Not the same.
"Woke" in this white context is simply a badge to be earned.

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"
The mainstream usage of "woke" by social justice leaning white folk became a paradox.

To consider oneself "woke" as a white person was to demonstrate that one had not really been awakened at all.
To be "woke" as a white person did not require the grueling work of grappling with ones place within a white supremacist nation.

It didn't require fundamentally reassessing ones identity.

It didn't even require learning about whiteness.

Just admitting racism still exists.
So "woke" became a caricature of itself.

Instead of representing a deep, arduous and painful journey of realization and epiphany, it began to represent shallow, self-congratulatory status-seeking.
And to be clear. This thread began with the most RECENT iterations of "woke".

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.
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