In the USA –
If you frequent social media, you may well have seen posts or tweets about current events that are tagged #staywoke.
‘Woke’ is increasingly used as a byword for social awareness.
The term gained social currency during the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014
And in the 2018 midterms and now into the beginning of the 2020 Presidential campaign – #Woke and it’s derivatives have taken on a currency that has the potential to further rent the fabric of American society –
It has become a rallying cry for accentuating the differences in our society –
It has become a rallying cry for racism in all it’s old ugliness but carried to a new level of sensitivity, outrage and, yes, separation —
Popularized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her new House colleagues – it has been the umbrage, outrage line of every conversation in America politics and media —
It raises the question is any Democratic candidate for President #Woke enough?
It reminds us that we a have a choice to seek the better angels of our national nature or fall prey to our own dark side — the devil.
With thanks to Trent Tomlinson for writing “If I Where the Devil” after watching the evening news and to Aaron Lewis for posting his version of the song to You Tube.