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What is Woke Culture – Historic Context
The term “woke” became prominent in 2014 with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists after police had killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It was a voice aiming at raising awareness about police shootings of unarmed Black Americans. However, the term carried a different connotation the first time it appeared and evolved before 2014. And even since the death of Michael Brown, it has undergone a significant modification. Let’s dig into historic examples to understand what “woke culture” means.
In 1938, a blues musician known as Lead Belly spoke after his song “Scottsboro Boys,” advising everybody to “stay awake.” His speech was connected to a 1931 trial against Black teenagers charged with attacking and raping two white women.
In 1962, the article “If You’re Awake You Dig It,” penned by a New York Times Magazine Afro-American author William Melon Kelley, talked about the appropriation of African-American dialect English by white beatniks. According to Kelley, the phrase meant awareness against white people “stealing” Black slang words to incorporate them into their everyday speech as though they came from whites. In a broader sense, the idea was promoting Black language and culture while pointing out how white Americans are always trying to appropriate the Black slang and the plea to fight against it.