Is the world finally waking up? It certainly seems so. Or at least many are beginning to open their eyes.
The idea of revival started with noble intentions – to raise awareness of the lasting impact of racism, sexism and inequality. But, emboldened by the rise of the #MeToo and BLM movements, it quickly evolved into a harsh form of political correctness, imposed on the public, with little tolerance for argument or debate.
The ‘woke’ insisted that people of color be called ‘BIPOC’, artistic license be seen as ‘cultural appropriation’ and Latinos be called the gender-neutral ‘LatinX’ – a term few Hispanics like and almost never use. Gender itself has been declared as elastic and expansive as possible, with an endless array of pronouns to express every gender identity.
Embraced by progressive politicians and enshrined in Democratic platforms, anyone who questioned — or felt mildly curious about — these commandments was mocked, ridiculed and ultimately overturned.
Now, fed up with signals of virtue and spooked by the specter of a Republican bombardment in November, more sane progressives are finally wondering if awakening is so important, after all.
There was a time when the BLM movement was sacrosanct. Now the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is being scrutinized for its questionable finances, not just by right-wing publications, but by progressive stalwart New York magazine, which recently exposed the organization for secretly buying a $6 million home. dollars in Los Angeles.
As the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade says the “woke” mandate to always use gender-neutral terminology now feels like overreach, when those born with a womb are most affected. After former first lady Michelle Obama shared a post using the term “womxn” to express her support for abortion rights on Instagram, a torrent of criticism followed.
Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter was prompted by his view that the “language police” had gone too far and that it was time for a reset. “I am against censorship which goes far beyond the law” Musk tweeted in late April. “The extreme antibody reaction of those who fear free speech speaks volumes,” he added in another message.
Musk has made it clear that Twitter will almost certainly revise its member banning policies if its takeover bid is ever completed. So what if the company’s left-handed employees are already complaining – it’s over with outraged moderators and managers, with Donald Trump’s account being reinstated (even though Trump said that he would stay off the platform.)
Eight months after Netflix employees staged a strike to protest Dave Chappelle’s show ‘The Closer’ as transphobic, the streaming platform basically told its employees they could board the company’s content — or, well, quit. Netflix’s human resources department said the streaming giant would “let viewers decide what’s right for them rather than Netflix censoring specific artists or voices.”
Despite polls suggesting a third of voters consider themselves “woke,” the overall numbers are not encouraging for Democrats in November. A 2021 Pew poll, for example, found that 57% of Americans believe that “people today are too easily offended by what other people say.” Meanwhile, an Ipsos/Axios poll noted that about 70% of Americans oppose the “defund the police” movement, a central woke tenant. CNN, hardly a bastion of anti-reawakening, went so far as to declare in a mid-2021 headline that “the revival is the biggest threat to Democrats in the 2022 election.”
They may be onto something: Earlier this year, three San Francisco school board members were sent off in a special election following widespread frustration over renaming – rather than reopening – public schools allegedly linked to racist or sexist historical figures (including my own). alma mater, George Washington Senior High School).
Woke personalities like Patrisse Cullors, the now discredited founder of BLMGNF, have discovered that there is power and privilege – in large part – in telling others how to think. Choice – especially choice of thought – has always posed an existential threat to enlightenment in all its forms. But I already know how to think, and I suspect many other people already know how to think too.
Now, weighted leftists like Democratic strategist James Carville and cable king Bill Maher are arguing for a centrist overhaul.
After disastrous Democratic performances in last November’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey, Carville blamed “stupid awakening” and added that progressive members of his party “need to go to a woke rehab facility.”
And, this month, as states across the country considered tough restrictions on abortion, Maher said, “Louisiana wants to pass a law that says categorically if you have an abortion, you are charged with murder. Wow.
“Suddenly getting the right pronoun doesn’t seem so important, does it?”
New York Post