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UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

"Woke" originates from Blackness to refer to Black political energisation and radicalisation. Institutions declaring themselves "anti-woke" are declaring themselves opposed to Black liberation, whether they realise it or not. Maybe those institutions think it's merely a trendier way of saying "political correctness", which (again unknown to them because they have zero awareness) is really a more obfuscated way of saying the same thing.

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

It's like: the conversations white reactionaries have using the )co-opted) word "woke" (dismissing and shutting down Black liberation), are the exact same conversations that white reactionaries have used during every struggle for Black liberation in modern history. There is literally no difference here. The central racism is being relitigated by the exact same people using the exact same arguments.

Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

The irony with cynically expanding the co-opted "woke" into a synonym for "political correctness" is that it becomes an umbrella term that also includes non-Black groups feared by the Right, who have historically been played up as collaborators/enablers of Black liberation (radicals, Jews, queers, etc). The more genericised version is in fact *more* Nazi. It's brought full circle back to the originating "cultural Bolshevism".

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

To take a prominent recent UK culture example: the National Trust (who caretakes historical buildings) was criticised as "woke" by the mainstream press for addressing the colonial histories of many of their buildings. This accusative (mis-)use of "woke" is 100% consistent with historical white supremacy: "drawing attention to the oppression of Black people is 'woke' [appropriated white usage]". There's not even a fresh nuance on it.

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

Keep seeing well-meaning whites proclaiming "hell yeah I'm *woke*! dictionary definition 'awake to racial injustice' etc".

So like obviously 1) "woke" isn't a word we get to "reclaim" because it's not ours and 2) "woke" specifically describes Black people's social and political awareness in relation to the oppressive superstructure of Whiteness - so *white people not being self-aware* is literally the opposite of what it describes.

(side-note), UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

I want to clarify when i mentioned "non-Black" groups there that each of those demographics mentioned in parentheses should be prefixed with "non-Black". Word count got the better of me, and I'm worried my initial phrasing might seem exclusionary. The 1st example that came to mind (from my own limited reading) was of the white Jewish communists who collaborated with the ANC/MK during South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle.

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@alex This is also why seeing white people using the word "woke" is such a dickhead thing, extra-specially when we're miss-appropriating it, it's not in our lexicon beyond being a massive red flag for people not understanding what the hell they're talking about and committing to speaking in bad faith

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@Shrigglepuss @alex mhm, been seeing increasing numbers of white leftists acting like this is their word to reclaim simply cause the right have been using it to figurehead their latest round of reactionary racism. But by 'reclaim' they just mean white leftists get to say it with its distorted meaning too cause the right was already doing so. :\

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@bound @Shrigglepuss 100% yeah. The word isn't ours, it literally doesn't have any meaningful application to white people.

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@bound @alex For sure, I hate hate hate it, it's equally as erasing wherever it's misuse is coming from. I expect much better

Oh wow, I had no idea of the Black origins of "woke".

By the time I first saw it it was already used by rightwingers about themselves as a synonym of "redpilled" or other terms for "seeing through" the veil of "cultural marxism". Then later I saw leftists using it about themselves and thought they were appropriating it from the rightists.

Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@alex parallel to this, whats also worrying is how music/youth/arts subcultures (particularly in provincial towns like mine) have been once again split up into black/white/East European/straight/queer with considerably less interaction between these groups than I remember in my own teens/young adulthood in 1980s and 1990s when everyone partied together to some extent (and that /did/ make a difference)

re: UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@alex (there are also issues around the co-opting of the term by notionally progressive whites)

re: UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@emacsomancer Yeah for sure. It's a term that simply doesn't have any application to white people (or else its description of a cognisance of the oppressiveness of whiteness turns it into a complete oxymoron when white people identify with it).

re: UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@alex Well, and the way that nominally progressive whites adopt/use the term has something to do with the way reactionaries whites are then able to frame discussions too.

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