“Woke” is the past tense of wake.
It’s a simple word – “I woke early this morning” though the word “awoke” can also be used.
But the “African Americans” got hold of it and now it means something else entirely. And before I go any further, the expression “African American” really grates on my nerves. It’s one of those touchy feely words to try not to cause offense. What’s wrong with “Black”?
So the Blacks introduced this word into the vernacular with apparently an entirely new meaning – “alert to racial prejudice and discrimination”.
It’s a word I have come to hate.
My hatred is based on the way “woke” has become almost a pejorative word meaning “not aware of any imagined injustice to just about anyone or anything.” If you’re not woke you are living in the last century..and are turning a blind eye to all sorts of imaginary injustices.
A while back, a Black by the name of Floyd was killed by police in the States. The mob were immediately up in arms screaming about racial discrimination and the word “woke” was kindled into common vernacular. Strangely when another Black lost his life at the hands of the police there was a deafening silence. Apparently it;s okay to kill a Black if the police are also Black? Leastwise there was a deafening silence from the “woke”brigade.
The word soon took on a new meaning that roughly meant that if you disagreed with any of the preachings and whinings of the Millennial Generation then you were not “woke”.
I am aware of social injustices. The world is full of ’em.
But call me “woke” and you’re likely to be thumped.