What does it mean to be woke?

Aware of social issues

A woke person is someone who has "woken up" to modern discrimination and social issues. Examples include cultural differences and racial injustices.

Wokeness is a proclamation and challenge to others, especially white people who benefit from certain privileges because of their skin color. The challenge is to not give in to pressures from other people and stand firm with those being oppressed. Woke is often used in the context of "stay woke" or "get woke" and is used by movements like Black Lives Matter.


"Stay woke, brotha, don't let them brainwash you at school."
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Woke means aware of social issues

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Last Updated: September 16, 2020

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