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Are Some “Woke” People Really Awake?

Written by on November 21, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett

Are Some “Woke” People Really Awake?

“There’s a cross for you to bear. Things to go through if you’re going anywhere. Stand! For the things you know are right. It’s the truth that’s the truth that makes them so uptight. They will try to make you crawl, and they know what you are saying make sense and all.”

“Stand” – Sly & The Family Stone

When I first heard the slang phrase of “being woke,” paying attention to the context on how it was being used, I knew it was more than just being aware.

According to the Urban Dictionary, it is being aware of what’s going around your community, your country, and the world, when it comes to social justice issues.

Also hearing how the slang phrase was being used, it gave me the impression it was to implore folks to look past the narrative, and realize there is much more to life that gets reported. That some folks need to examine their privilege and the plight of marginalized groups that don’t get the opportunity to enjoy that privilege.

From time to time, I call out some Baby Boomers on their crap but don’t get confused. I do not recall saying that ALL Baby Boomers fall under that category. If I gave that impression, that was not my intent. I always try to remind my generation about how we were when we were young. I am also aware, and I hope, that Generation X, Millenials, and Gen Z realize that not all Baby Boomers are how they perceive us to be.

To my Millenial and Gen Z brethren who this applies to,” being woke” means nothing if you’re just a Facebook, or other social media warrior, hiding behind a computer screen, without putting some skin in the game. Some of you love to debate and argue, but are not willing to do any action, like voting. Going to rallies means nothing. At times, you may have to sacrifice and go through hardships and inconveniences, taking up the mantle for your future, and generations to come.

For example, two Millennials who have put skin in the game are ousted pro football player Colin Kaepernick and pro soccer player Megan Rapinoe. We all know the real reason Mr. Kaepernick took a knee, and why Ms. Rapinoe took a knee as well for supporting him. She took it a step further by openly criticizing the NFL and thanking Mr. Kaepernick for bringing to the forefront an ugly truth. She thanked him and stated her skin color was the reason she was able to receive the Glamour magazine, “Woman of the Year” award and talk about injustices in our country.

A very brave Gen Z putting skin in the game is climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Despite being demonized by grown-ass folks for her bravery, she read the riot act in September 2019 to the U.N. Climate Change Action summit in New York City. I just adored her remarks last month by declining to accept an award and the $52, 000 that went with it.

She stated that the climate movement didn’t need any more awards, it needed people in power to start listening to scientists.

Chuck’s Chat operates under an open authority. Opinions and comments are always welcome.

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  1. MT babyyee   On   November 27, 2019 at 8:33 am

    “Skin in the game”. That’s what we need. I can’t help but believe if more people would do that (especially those with platforms) our democracy can achieve greater equality. Thanks

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