I Am Woke. You Should Be Too.

I found this post by Diane Ravitch last week and meant to re-blog it then, but … well, you all know how short my memory is! Anyway, like Diane, I am WOKE and wish more people were! Thank you, Diane, for this inspiring post!

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I am tired of rightwing politicians distorting our language to suit their bigoted ideology.

They have the nerve, for example, to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke at the March on Washington in 1963 and said he hoped for the day when his children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Dr. King was projecting a vision of a world without racism, when people would see each other as friends, neighbors, and fellow human beings.

But rightwing politicians twist his words to insist that we should ignore racism right now, stop teaching about it, and pretend it does not exist. They use his words to justify prohibitions on teaching about or discussing the racism in the here and now. They use his appeal for an unrealized future to blind us to a cruel present.

I propose that we make…

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24 thoughts on “I Am Woke. You Should Be Too.

  1. Excellent post from Diane…started to read the comments and there are tons…a few from the UNwoke. After watching the hearings last night, I am still in a state of shock and utter astonishment.

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    • I didn’t look at any of the comments … I usually don’t where there are many, like Brosephus’ and Diane’s posts. Nothing in last night’s hearings shocked me, but admittedly it left me shaky and a bit depressed to think that so many people are calling that a ‘tourist event’, referring to the perpetrators as “good people”, and claiming it was just ‘political discourse’. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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    • Ah, so the Murdoch press has long arms and reach even to your shores, eh? On a personal note, I was very much chuffed by the recent election in your country! You guys rock! Let’s hope some of the rest of the world sit up and take notice. Ignore Rupert Murdoch and his gang of ‘merry men’ … they live in the world as they WANT it to be, not as it truly is.

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  3. Left this on Diane’s blog. I think I have mentioned it to you in the past:
    Any time anyone calls me “woke,” I thank them for recognizing my worth as a human being, and add that I am proud to be seen as woke. Most of them just look at me like I am too stupid to know when I have been insulted, so I smile and turn away. Some get angry and yell at me. I don’t let them rile me up (until I get away from them, lol). A few are just bewildered, wondering what they said to make me respond as I do. They really don’t get it. They must be expecting me to break down and cry, I don’t know. Are we supposed to be weaklings? I think not.

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    • You are so right … it IS a compliment. Rather like when somebody calls me a liberal ‘snowflake’, I thank them and tell them that it is quite a nice compliment, since snowflakes are unique and beautiful. I’m proud to be a snowflake and proud to be woke.


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