Being Woke

W hat does it mean to be woke?

Making a quick search about the meaning of the term ‘woke’ directs to a Wikipedia definition which states that:

Woke (/ˈwoʊk/) as a political term of African-American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression “stay woke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.

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As it can be observed, the term initiated between people of colour. They had an intention to warn against, or teach other of, the dangers that Black people face on earth. But, the term has now been too commercialised to the point of ridicule. Even some black people question its usefulness today.


Could questioning the term, as a black person, mean that one is not ‘woke’?


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Published by Mitta Xinindlu

Mitta Xinindlu is an author of books in fiction and nonfiction genres. She is a versatile writer and researcher. Her qualifications in academics include a Master of Science in Project Management and a Six Sigma Green Belt. A multilingual writer with a knowledge of ten languages. Her language skills range from elementary to native. She also knows Tech languages such as R programming and Python. Her work in writing has been featured in digital and print media. Media platforms include Parade Magazine, Thought Catalog, Psychology Today, and Your Tango Magazine, In 2019 PoemHunter selected one of her poems as a Poem of the Day.

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