We reported earlier on how admitted Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had a mini-meltdown on the Twitter machine over the weekend after longtime Democrat strategist James Carville dropped some inconvenient truths on the “woke” wing of the Democrat party – aka “The Squad” and their supporters, which includes AOC, Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and others.
To quickly recap, after Carville blamed “stupid wokeness” for the left’s Election Day drubbing in Virginia and elsewhere, advising progressives to locate the nearest “woke detox center” and check-in, AOC whined about how the term “woke” was being turned into a “derogatory euphemism” for woke prog ideas:
“Woke” is a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice.
Making up a “woke” problem results in putting civil & voting rights on the backburner. In a year state legislatures are planning out GOP majorities & voter suppression, that’s dangerous
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 8, 2021
AOC’s tweets seemed to insinuate that the “woke” left needed to shift gears in messaging and to move away from the term in order to try and advance their radical agenda without scaring people who now associate “wokeness” with really dumb ideas that landed House Democrats in hot water in November 2020 like their latching on to the “Defund the Police” movement.
But AOC is far from the only one who is urging the left to run away from “woke” terminology in her own way.
Slate writer Joel Anderson, who has close to 70,000 followers on Twitter, also went on a rant Sunday against the term – specifically his belief that it should now be considered a “racial slur” for non-black people to use it.
“If you’re not black and started using ‘woke’ pejoratively sometime post-2018 or so (or worse, don’t know anything about the earlier iteration of the term), I think it’s fair to consider it a racial slur,” he tweeted before going on to compare his critics to the Charlottesville tiki-torch racists (not the Lincoln Project ones who tried a few days before the election to sabotage the Virginia governor’s race).
I mean we all know the surest way to win friends and influence people to your side is by accusing people who use the term to criticize leftists who normally love to bask in the “woke” glow of racism. Super smart. I am in awe.
But seriously, it’s easy to say the left is running away from “woke” because it’s not winning, but to put a finer point on it, a closer examination is needed into why it’s not winning.
Why is “defund” failing even in Democrat-run cities? Because large majorities of voters of all colors and backgrounds are opposed to it, as numerous polls including a huge one from Gallup in the summer of 2020 at the height of the BLM/Antifa-led riots confirmed. Rising crime is also a top issue among voters from all political backgrounds, and rest assured that people concerned about rising crime rates are not exactly going to be staunch “defund” proponents.
Though polling on CRT is scarce, at the school board meetings we see white, black, Hispanic, and Muslim parents and educators alike speaking out strongly against the implementation of it in public school classrooms, which just further shows that like the “Defund the Police” issue, a cross-section of Americans are unhappy with the idea, not just the “white people” who the woke left want to rail against.
This is what once upon a time used to be called a “consensus” but which the MSM and Democrats now characterize as “divisiveness.” Terminology is key here for them to make people think one thing when actually the opposite is true.
In other words, opposition to “Defund” and “CRT” isn’t steeped in racism and has nothing to do with class. It just boils down to good ol’ fashioned common sense. It’s stupid to call for defunding the police much in the same way that it’s stupid to advocate telling black school kids that they are perpetual victims and that their white classmates are their oppressors.
In my view, last week’s election was a “revenge of the parents” thing against the woke mob in the education system, or as independent writer Andrew Sullivan wrote in a recent newsletter: “The Woke Meet Their Match: Parents.”
Now keep in mind that though the left is trying to run away from “woke,” that doesn’t mean they’re abandoning the concept. Oh no. Because that would mean admitting they were wrong. Horribly wrong. Instead, they’ll undertake some sort of “rebranding” disinformation effort to try and mask what it is they’re trying to do, much like we’re seeing with the push to implement CRT.
In other words, the typical deceptive word games will be played by leftists in an attempt to assure people that they are not doing what they are, in fact, trying to do regarding CRT – just under different wording so people won’t realize it until it’s too late.
Do not be fooled. Conservatives are by and large winning the culture war “messaging” battle with leftists by continuing to get the truth out there. The only thing left to do at this point is to stay aware and alert of their subtle shifts in tactics and respond accordingly in the appropriate forums (school board meetings, interviews, the ballot box, etc.).
Or, as leftists would say – “stay woke.”