Registered On: September 7, 2015
I did put inverted commas in for a reason.
It’s overused and commonly applied to mean anyone liberally minded and caring about racism, sexism and homophobia, but there is a trend among some to be overly dogmatic in what is referred to as woke. Think of the TRAs who shun women’s rights in supposed equality for trans. The insidious lies and hate directed at JK Rowling and Martina Navratilova for standing up for women’s rights against an assault on it for alleged progressive means and social justice for transpeople. This is not to be against trans rights, they of course deserve respect and not to be discriminated, but women deserve to have rights intact too.
Some of the racial stuff goes too beyond, especially on university campuses. It blurs complex situations like Israel/Palestine into a goody oppressed versus a baddy oppressor. There is a thought where those who face discrimination can’t possibly have problematic views in their society and if there is it’s a reaction to white, western oppression.
This isn’t levelled at you, Deerey, or anyone else on here, but from my experience with many on social media and in activist circles.
I am equally suspicious of those who take vociferous ‘anti-woke’ standpoints too, because they often treat any cause for equity or equality as ‘woke.’ The problem is more nuanced than what’s presented. Sometimes the ‘woke’ go too far, but there is a need to stand for better rights and understanding for many, yet the opponents treat it all the same. Something harmless like multiracial couples in adverts becomes some big ‘anti-woke’ thing and justified with spurious defences about how they’re not against such, but are against agendas. In reality, there’d never be a circumstance in which they would see a multiracial couple in an advert as fine.
Anyway, I hope you don’t let it grind you down. It would be a shame to lose posters of any stripe (yes, even you, Bucks) for this.