Woke Culture: What Is It And How Is It Affecting Our Society?

What exactly is woke culture? Some people would define it as an updated version of political correctness, while others would say that it’s more like political activism in disguise. In this article, I’m going to explain what woke culture is, its background, and how it’s affecting our society in both positive and negative ways.

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The Meaning Of Woke

The word woke can be used as an adjective or noun, but the general definition refers to a person who is aware. The term was first coined in 1994 by Kwame Ture, better known as Stokely Carmichael, in his book with Charles Hamilton, Ready for Revolution. He described woke people as being conscious of the oppression that exists in society and being able to recognize that power structures exist. For example, recognizing the privilege, some people have over others because of their race.

Woke has also been defined by many as a state of enlightenment that comes from taking time to educate oneself about social issues and current events.

Why Society Needs Woke Culture

We live in an era of increasing racial and social tensions. Everybody has their own opinion on what they think the best way to address these tensions is, but the one thing that people seem to agree on is that we need a change. Woke culture can help us reach this change by providing a new way for us to look at our surrounding environment.

Negatives Of Woke Culture

Woke culture is a new trend of inclusive and progressive culture. This trend is considered a step forward in the fight against injustice, discrimination, sexism and racism. However, this culture can cause conflicts. This is exactly why we have to be careful not to abuse the concept of woke culture.

Woke culture has become something of a buzzword in the past few years. It is a culture of people who are aware of social issues, causes and controversies. Hell, even the famous Youtuber “Longbeachgriffy”, an African American, mocks woke culture in many of his comedy videos.

The Benefits Of A Woke Society

A woke society means that people are aware of the social injustices happening in the world. It means that people see the effects of these injustices, and they want to do something about it. A woke society means that people are self-aware, meaning they understand their own privilege, their biases, and how they can use this knowledge to help make positive changes for others.

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Examples Of Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness is the key to Woke culture. This means that people need to be accepting of differences in the workplace, acknowledging that some people may have different opinions or beliefs. Inclusiveness also involves being aware of microaggressions and in what way they can affect a person’s mental health.

Microaggressions are words or actions that are dismissive, paternalistic, or otherwise denigrating towards someone’s social identity. For example, telling an Asian woman that she has nice eyes may not seem like a big deal, but this act makes the assumption that all Asian women must look a certain way.

When in fact, there is no such thing as Asian beauty standards. Telling an overweight woman she looks beautiful might seem like you’re complimenting her on her appearance, but you’re instead implying that she shouldn’t care about what other people think about her body because it’s better than what society says is attractive.

Still, on the other hand, what we mentioned is exactly what’s wrong with this woke stuff. It affects our society mostly negatively because we always have to think about what we’re saying and even writing in this text.

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Teboho Ibrahim
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  1. While it IS a good point (you ended with though you see it as a tripping point), I believe it is helpful to a great degree– that 9x out of 10, it IS best to ‘think before you speak’. What is not good is becoming annaly-retentive (compulsive) about it. We cannot ever please everyone, o.k. — not possible~ driving stress to the point of insanity. However, we can and ought to monitor/master our minds and mouths and motivations (kind of like practicing a mental & emotional hygiene
    along with our toothbrushing kids)!
    Heck, it used to be called moral instinct.
    Extremes of anything are an imbalance.
    So, if we want harmony (balance) in society, let’s go back to the drawing board of ourselves first~ as individuals~ and get on an even keel there. Nothing will change (for the better) in our world-at-large unless each individual changes within (best-practice thoughts, words, actions) become the better human, making a much better world! And it doesn’t (won’t ever, in fact!) have to come about by forced, obsessive social pressures….



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