by Paul E Vallely MG US Army (Ret),
October 3, 2022
“Woke is a political term of African American origin that refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning justice and racial justice.
It is derived from the African American Vernacular English expression “stay woke”, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.”
Wokeism focuses on corporations and organizations like our military that capitalize on the stir and social popularity of social-driven movements to achieve “unknown ends.” Some would say, “Pretty self-explanatory as it is, woke capitalism refers to the capitalist, profit-driven approach followed by corporations— capitalizing on the stir and popularity of social movements to achieve their ends
Wokeism has been described by its critics as the omnipresent use of race—and to a lesser extent, gender—to replace meritocracy and thus ensure equality of results. What follows from implementing that ideology are reparatory actions to reward those of the present by atoning for the injustices done to others in the past. Some see it as an update of 1960s cultural Marxism fads. Others scoff that it is just a return to 1980s-style political correctness. Still more see it as the logical successor to 1990s-type race, class, and gender obsessions—albeit with a shriller and more dangerous Jacobin, Soviet, and Maoist twist. Wokeism’s s hysteria also invites comparisons to the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism.