Is Being Woke – Good or Bad?
Woke is a term that originated in the US. Using the past tense of ‘Wake’ Woke became an adjective to describe people who were awake to racism and social injustice.
The woke among us search relentlessly through society, our institutions, businesses, etc. searching out and highlighting prejudice, sexism, racism and injustice.
Woke has thus become aligned with tearing down historic statues, Black Lives Matter, gay rights, trans issues and ethnic minorities. It is also a term often associated with climate protests, Extinction Rebellion and others.
You are either Woke (awake) or asleep to these issues. Clear cut, black and white.
Interestingly, more that half of the UK population either haven’t heard of the term Woke, or don’t know what it means. (https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/05/18/what-does-woke-mean-britons)
Woke is also representative of the cultural divide between young and old.
Younger generations are more likely to see injustice, institutionalised racism & discrimination than older generations.
Wokeness has extended to trans issues, genders (we’ve gone from 2 to over 100 in recent years) in an attempt to be inclusive. This effort to leave no one behind is arguably having the opposite effect.
Equal rights for all is without question the end goal. No one should be held back, oppressed, or discriminated against because of colour, gender, appearance, or anything else.
The short term issues however are creating greater inequality not less. Take trans sportspeople as an example. In creating equality for trans athletes to compete, we have at a stroke created inequality for biological women.
Is that a step forward for society as a whole or a new discrimination against 50% of the population? If the current trend continues, it won’t be long before trans athletes are represented in every discipline at which point no biological woman will ever win a gold medal again. A while after that it may become impossible for a biological woman to even get on the podium in their chosen discipline.
If we want equality for all, we need to make wiser decisions, so that instead of creating greater inequality we actually create a level playing field.
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I suspect that very few Russian soldiers have completed their diversity training course. Watching the news footage of their current invasion into Ukraine, I haven’t seen a single rainbow painted on a tank, plane or rocket launcher. I am not aware of any of their pronouns.
If you want to know why we are not equipped to stand up to Putin, our attitude is responsible. There is a possibility that the ‘awake’ have been awake to the wrong things.
We are more interested in hitting diversity quotas than we are in hitting our enemies where it hurts.
Much of our increase in crime in the UK is down to the lack of respect that our woke police service engenders in the law breakers and criminals among us. We used to have a police force comprised of a good proportion of ex-military personnel. By comparison, today, we have many graduates who lack life experience. It is no surprise that how our police officers are perceived has changed.
Without being in power since 2010, the left have successfully highjacked several key areas of society in order to mold minds, change opinions and gain support. Our education has a left wing bias with many teachers pushing their ideas and beliefs as facts. This has helped perpetuate the woke agenda among the young, creating unrest and magnifying injustice.
The UK is one of the fairest, most equitable Countries on Earth. We are tolerant, inclusive and accepting.
The push for greater equality which in many instances creates greater inequality than it resolves is not the answer to social harmony.
Mixed lavatories in schools are leading to greater issues for girls. Self identification of gender is also creating issues. I do not believe that all of the men convicted of offences and sent to prison that have since self identified as women in order to gain access to a womens prison are ‘all’ being totally honest. If you were looking at a long prison sentence why not exploit the system to do your time in a womens prison? At that point in time you have little to lose?
We need to address these issues, to find a model for society that works for everyone. We need to be inclusive of course, but not by excluding another demographic to do so.
We are, through positive discrimination creating a new form of discrimination. Britain has thrived as a meritocracy. The smartest, brightest succeed. The best person for the job gets the job.
As soon as we employ people, promote people, choose teams, elect people based on quotas, we weaken the system, not strengthen it.
We need to explore and improve why some minorities are under represented in some job sectors. If it is just down to a lack of equal opportunities then we need to address that within or education system.
Anyone in the UK can learn, use their skillset and prosper. I don’t believe that we discriminate or hold back anyone. I understand that there are poverty traps that prevent some from doing so and we need to address those issues, but for the vast majority, if you take the time to acquire saleable skills you can then thrive, regardless of race, colour, creed, orientation or disability.
Woke was adopted from the US, which has greater cultural issues than we do. In the UK we all know that all lives matter, none more so than any other.
We have bigger issues regarding the woke agenda. No one has the right not to be offended. Hurty words are just hurty words. The attempted cancelling of people one disagrees with is not the behaviour of a civilised, free society. We need to defend freedom of speech and the right to offend. There is always an off button, walking away, blocking online etc. People are being offended because they want to be offended. This is part of the battle we are facing.
This doesn’t mean that anyone has to tolerate abuse, racial hatred etc. Of course they shouldn’t, but there is a difference. Disagreeing with someone doesn’t constitute a hate crime.