Opinion: It’s Time To Put ‘Woke’ To Sleep
As each year comes to a close, many of us look forward to what we’ll take on in the coming 12 months: new exercise routines, new plans to save, a better diet. But some of the most effective resolutions can be made by pledging to leave certain things behind, banishing bad habits to the year one is about to exit: swearing off alcohol, cigarettes or that awful ex.
In that spirit, I’d like to ask all of us to promise ourselves to leave one word behind in 2018, promise to never utter it again in the new year, promise to perhaps forget we ever said it at all.
I’m talking about the word “woke.” Now several years into its 2010s revival, the word is done. It is dead. It is over.
Don’t just take my word for it. MTV told people to stop using it as far back as 2016. SNL gave it a parody of death in 2017.
The argument I am making is not new, or revolutionary, or profound. Instead, it’s a cleanup. The last street sweeping at the end of a long parade, that final reminder that the party is really over.
In order to make this argument, it’s important to define the word as accurately as possible, because the muddling of the definition of woke is really what killed it.