As someone who likes to credit myself with the wide spread use of the word ‘woke’ as a derisive term aimed at identity politics activists in NZ, I feel we need an urgent redefinition of the term as it looks likely to be the most over used insult in the 2020 election.
As a class lefty, I see identity as an important personal journey that leads you to politics but feel Identity Politics becomes terribly limited in gaining the democratic 51% as its most shrill advocates in the cancel culture landscape manage to make progress as alienating as a cold cup of vomit.
Class solidarity can gain 51%, Identity Politics risks pure temple over broad-church and you get endless schisms and little to show for it.
For most ultra woke activists, their starting point is all white people are racist, every man is a rapist and anyone supporting free speech is a uniform wearing Nazi.
There’s not much intellectual wriggle room there.
That virtue-signalling-middle-class-micro-aggression-policing-identifiably-Green-Party-militant-bike-riding-vegan-condescending-supporting-pronoun-Spinoff-subscriber in your social media feed screaming endlessly at you in the ubiquitous world of social media certainly thinks they are shouting truth to power, unfortunately it all ends up as a cacophony of self righteous struggle sessions alienating the vast chunk of voters who just want to know how they are paying for the roof over their heads and the food on their tables.
So that’s ‘Woke’. Identity Politics activists suffering the narcism of small difference and subjective triggering.
However, this sure as Christ isn’t ‘woke’…
National Party leader Judith Collins says the Prime Minister needs to “stop being so woke” and should acknowledge the new Opposition leader.
While speaking to Magic Talk host Ryan Bridge on her first day as the party’s leader, Collins said she believes Jacinda Ardern is playing around by not speaking more on National’s new leadership team.
…ummmmm. What the fuck?
Put aside the naked malice in her demands, folks this seems a bit Joe Biden of Judith here, doesn’t it?
Just because Jacinda doesn’t want to talk about you doesn’t mean she’s ‘woke’, it means you are politically irrelevant and trying to paint the PM not talking about you as a form of identity politics activism makes you sound crazy because her ignoring you has NOTHING to do with identity politics.
Jesus wept, is Judith falling to pieces barely 24 hours into her run as Leader? This seems a tad unhinged doesn’t it?
Firstly, it’s not up to Jacinda to talk about Judith, has Judith not read the handbook or something? The Prime Minister doesn’t tend to spend much time chatting about the Leader of the Opposition Judith.
Secondly, what the Christ does this have to do with being ‘woke’. Jacinda ignoring you isn’t ‘woke’. I think you mean to say she’s not being woke ENOUGH to congratulate another woman to face off against the heteronormative cis white male patriarchy?
Is that what you mean Judith?
Oh lord, please let her be this confused for the election.
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