By Bijan C. Bayne | The Washington Post
Published in February of 2022

SUMMARY: A quick primer on the origins of the term woke. A must read for a term that has made its way into everyday American vernacular.

KEY QUOTE: “Black leaders have been calling on Black people to wake up for decades. To the first users of the word, it meant recognizing racial subjugation committed by Whites. Thus a White YouTuber or a liberal congressperson cannot, by the literal definition, be woke.”


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More curated resources on the word woke:

SHOW: What Does ‘Woke’ Actually Mean?

Just six minutes and two videos is all it takes to quickly learn about the origins of the word woke, its many definitions, and why we should ask people what they mean when they use the term before engaging in a conversation.

ARTICLE: A history of wokeness

An excellent deep dive replete with songs, video, and tweets that traces the origin of woke, its multiple definitions, and how it is being used in our current cultural moment.

ARTICLE: Notable tweets on the term ‘woke’

Two notable tweet threads from author Dr. Esau McCaulley and Love Thy Neighborhood founder Jesse Eubanks on why we need to be need to be thoughtful with the words we use and not parrot partisan lexicon.

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