Let’s start with the term woke gaining traction in society nowadays. Instead of putting my own spin on it, allow me to rely on blavity.com’s Raven Cras who defines it as, “… a cultural push to challenge problematic norms, systemic injustices and the overall status quo through complete awareness. Being woke refers to a person being aware of the theoretical ins and outs of the world they inhabit. Becoming woke, or staying woke, is the acknowledgment that everything we’ve been taught is a lie (kind of/mostly)
- Distinguished retired education professor from Kent State University James R. Delisle writes: “Today’s gifted children and their special education programs are blamed for many of society’s ills—educational inequality, racial and economic divisions, and the promotion of elitism among the parents whose children have been identified as gifted. I’m not exactly sure why the schism has gotten bigger instead of smaller, but it might have something to do with our collective American discomfort in labeling some kids more intellectually capable than others…”
- New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s New York City School Diversity Advisory Group recently recommended eliminating most gifted programs and blending the brightest students into general education classes. That’s because of the higher percentage of white and Asian children in these programs.
- Following New York City Mayor DeBlasio’s lead, it is now illegal to say, “Go back to your country,” and use the term, “illegal alien.” It’s also illegal to threaten to call ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement). The directive is outlined in a 29-page directive, and each offense is punishable with fines up to $250,000. The city’s Commission of Human Rights says this is necessary because “Hate has no place here.”
- In October, an unruly black high school student who’d just had a run-in with an administrator hurled a racial slur at Marlon Anderson, a black school security guard. Anderson told the kid what he always says when responding to such remarks: “Do not call me a ni___er.” He was then promptly fired for using the “N” word. Of note: After more than 1,000 students and staff peacefully walked out, he was reinstated.
- Just so you know, red poppies are worn to symbolize the men and women who have given their lives for their country, and so… During a game, well-known and long-time Canadian hockey broadcaster Don Cherry said, “You people… You live our way of life. You love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada; these guys paid the biggest price.” He was fired.
- On Black Friday, 2019, the environmental group Extinction Rebellion called on shoppers to boycott the big shopping day known as Black Friday, saying that the sales “may seem like a bargain, but it’s costing the Earth. Consumerism is destroying our planet. We do not have infinite resources. Yet the system continues to persuade us all that we need to constantly buy more of everything.”
I could go on, but you get the idea, and even left-leaning former President Obama has taken notice and recently said, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you…
“Some young people appear to think that the way to bring about change is to b as judgmental as possible about other people, and that’s enough. Criticizing people on Twitter for doing something wrong or for a poor choice of words gives these critics a sense of self-satisfaction.
“Then I can sit and feel pretty good about myself because, man, you see how woke I was, I called you out. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far.”
Amen to that…