I imagine that most everyone has heard the term “woke,” a term that refers to a supposed state of enlightenment to the issues of our time. In a way, it is a bit of an amorphous term, and I have seen people of all political and religious stripes employ its usage. However, it is largely seen as a leftist term. In essence, if someone is “woke” then they are hip to the Marxist talking points and will seek to act accordingly.
The term has become so ubiquitous in common parlance that even a conservative Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons has asked the “Woke Minister” himself—Justin Trudeau—to “quit it” with the woke expressions. If you would like to see wokeness in action, then I suggest that—if you have the stomach—you might view this segment from Sky News Australia that is a sort of montage of Trudeau’s own particular brand.
Now, as you might gather from the term, to be “woke” is to suggest that someone is “awake,” as in they have “woken up.” I apologize if it seems like I am explaining remedial grammar points to the educated readership that we have here at Crisis Magazine, but I must warn you; the woke generation does not take kindly to what are considered “outdated” grammatical rules. You never know if a woke individual has stumbled across a publication such as this, perhaps having fallen off the beaten path of scrolling through Huff-Po and the latest Trevor Noah drivel. Thus, it behooves us to clarify basic English expressions for our awakened brethren, as they often woke among us.