I am awake
“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.
So the descendants of Afrikaners who emigrated to the US of A are African Americans?
The other thing that gets my goat is the US of A appropriating the name of a whole two continents. America.
Anyway we are told that the whole human race came out of Africa.
That’s why whenever some officious form asks for my race I always tick “mixed”.
Any native of the British Isles is a mongrel. We, our ancestors, have been everywhere and everybody has been here. All happily shagging. And I think that we are the better for it. Minimum inbreeding.
I would imagine that nearly 100% of African Americans are in fact American American? It’s just one of those coy expressions designed to avoid offense.
Incidentally, my grandmother was French, so am I French Irish? Things could get complicated if we all started describing ourselves by ancestry!
Come on. Get your priorities right.
You are Irish French.
Bone chance – Franglais de chien.
Blacks have little if anything to do with “woke”. it is an invention of white liberals trying to destroy civilization. Why? because they never matured beyond the 2 year mentality of knocking down towers of blocks an older sibling had built.
According to my “research” [i.e. looking things up on the Interwebs] the current usage of “woke” originated in the Black American patois around the turn of the Millennium. An interesting graph on the usage of the word – https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=woke&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=en-2019&smoothing=3
My definition of “woke”?
“Head buried in the sand”