“Racism is like a Cadillac, they bring out a new model every year.” Malcolm X said in 1964. As we enter 2023, it's disheartening to see the rise of the anti-woke ideology, which has been compared to a new model of racism designed to maintain the status quo. The denial of systemic racism and the suppression of discussions of racial inequality have long been used to justify prejudice and discrimination, and it is concerning to see these attitudes being reinforced in modern times.
The similarities between anti-woke ideology and the Jim Crow era are particularly troubling. Jim Crow-era policies were responsible for forcibly segregating black and white people, suppressing the vote, and denying basic human rights to black Americans. Anti-woke ideology seeks to deny the realities of systemic racism and suppress attempts to address it, which perpetuates a culture of inequality and further disenfranchises black Americans.
This ideology is particularly dangerous for the African American community, which has already suffered from centuries of oppression and prejudice. The bias that exists in our society has led to the enduring disparities in wealth, education, and health that affect black Americans, and the denial of these issues only serves to further perpetuate those disparities.
It's troubling to see modern-day Republican extremists, such as Ron DeSantis, becoming the strongest proponents of this ideology. DeSantis has led the charge of denying students the opportunity to learn about black history and to acknowledge the prevalence of systemic racism in society. This approach is harmful, as it perpetuates a culture of ignorance and prevents us from learning from the lessons of the past.
It's essential today that we reject the anti-woke ideology and work towards creating a society that addresses systemic racism and promotes equality. Suppressing such conversations only perpetuates a culture of inequality and does nothing to address the need for change. We must stand together as a community to demand equality and justice for all, and to create a society that doesn't just pay lip service to these values but also truly embodies them in practice.