Slate Writer Says ‘Woke’ Is A Racial Slur

Slate Writer Says ‘Woke’ Is A Racial Slur

A staff writer for Slate says people who use “woke” as a term to describe the progressive takeover of American culture are guilty of using a racial slur.

“If you’re not black and started using ‘woke’ pejoratively sometime post-2018 or so (or worse, don’t know anything about the earlier iteration of the term), I think it’s fair to consider it a racial slur,” he tweeted on Sunday. “And it doesn’t mean I’m gonna do anything to you, or that anyone else will. But it doesn’t mean I won’t either.”

In the same thread, Anderson posted a picture of white men carrying tiki torches and captioned it “all these hit dogs.” He then tried to justify his agitation with “woke” by claiming that “certain group of folks feel entitled to say whatever they want to you whenever they want” but that he’s entitled to his opinion.

Multiple “journalists” from other corporate media outlets liked or retweeted Anderson’s original post. The Washington Post’s Michael Lee, NBC’s Kimmy Yam, ESPN’s Morgan Jenkins, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson, and Vox and Draft King’s David Fucillo were among those who seemed to agree with and support Anderson’s claims.

Anderson has long maintained that “woke” is a term “stolen from black folks … and repurposed” to be a word that Americans of any race frequently use. Anderson has complained about the word for at least two years.

“No offense if you use the term, but when i see ‘woke’ now i immediately suspect it’s being invoked in service of racism. blame twitter, if you must. actually, nah. take offense,” he wrote in 2019.

He even went so far as to claim that “woke mob” and “young wokes” are vocabulary used by people who are “too worried about the skill of your hands to say” the n-word.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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