Say What?!!!

In this hostile political climate, new words have made their way through our country. The problem is with my Asperger’s I have to look up these words because what I thought the word meant has now is a new term. An example of a couple of these works is “Woke” and “Cancel Culture“. I really had no idea what these terms mean in a different contextual way. So I’m going to educate myself and anyone who is clueless as well:

WOKE – “Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” “Stay woke became a watchword in parts of the Black community for those who were self-aware, questioning the dominant paradigm and striving for something better.”

The term “woke police” is used, mainly, by critics of the movement as a way to negatively describe those who identify as woke and fight for social justice issues. The term is used to claim that woke people are policing other’s actions and words, generally, in response to backlash someone else has received for their words or actions.

For example, if a celebrity has been found to have used racist or sexist language and is being held accountable for their actions, defenders of said person may say that the “woke police” have been offended, as a way of undermining the backlash.


CANCEL CULTURE – refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.

Cancel culture started trending again in 2020 amid increased awareness of and opposition to racial injustice following the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd. Discussion of cancel culture flared up in the mainstream media after the publication of a letter criticizing cancel culture in Harper’s Magazine and President Donald Trump compared cancel culture to totalitarianism. The ongoing protests also led to renewed demands for the canceling of already controversial things such as symbols of the Confederacy, statues of Christopher Columbus, and the name of the Washington Redskins football team, which announced it would change its name after intense pressure from team sponsors.

{THANK YOU…DICTIONARY.COM For the information}

I hope this helps. Trust me when I say this left me scratching my head. In some way, if we don’t really understand the terms then they don’t mean much to us. It just feels like name-calling. Social Media can be that two-headed monster. One side getting the positive word out or negative and shaming people who don’t deserve it. I personally try to keep things positive unless there is a logical reason to make known news that isn’t good. Best of luck to everyone!


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