SUMMARY: A call to Christians to think about the words we use and to stop using the word “woke” as a pejorative.
KEY QUOTE: “Using ‘woke’ as an insult is utterly backwards for Christians. At absolute best, it’s a lazy way of dismissing people perceived as being ‘too liberal.’ At worst, it’s an attempt to defend the status quo and silence anyone striving towards racial justice. In any case, its Christians appropriating an empowering, important word from Black culture and twisting it into a weapon. Such behavior is inexcusable and lamentable.”
DID YOU KNOW?: We have a learning capsule about woke with resources to help you faithfully learn about the term.
More curated resources on the word woke:
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.
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.
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.