A reader recently cited a definition of woke as being “well informed” and made the leap that therefore “anti-woke” must be a state of ignorance. As is typical of woke culture, the writer stopped reading as soon as he found information that supported his position.

Had he read further he would have seen that Merriam-Webster also defines “woke” as politically liberal, especially in a way that is considered unreasonable or extreme.

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Mark Hayes

Much similar to a Swiss knife, a tool for every need. WOKE has been redefined to meet every social issue, and if there isn't one, they will create one.[wink]

ken leary

How, or why, would "middle- and lower-class taxpayers" be responsible to "foot the bill" if the federal government forgave student loans? Do you think the federal government needs your actual cash money to erase a debt that only exists as a number in, or on, an accounting ledger? I'm also not sure what synaptic connections exist that has you connecting Black Lives Matter and abortion or a female's agency over her body and vaccines.

Ken Owens

Actually, Meriam-Webster defines “woke” as aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice). What I stated as the social definition was a similar definition from the internet.

I am neither “woke” nor “anti-woke,” and I thought it was about time that I found out what it is all about, especially since there is no non-political definition of “anti-woke.”

I have come to understand that using “woke” for political reasons is a problem. I believe that one should be willing to learn new things, like about what “woke” actually is—even if it doesn’t fit into what you’ve always thought.

Barbara Misiaszek

Always thought, or want to believe.

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