A protestor walks away as police in riot gear advance on the crowd after a 10 p.m. curfew following the funeral for Freddie Gray, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department over possessing a knife and suffered spinal cord injuries while being transported in a police van. Gray died on April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
I know when I am being referred to as a Black person by a white person, specifically as the N-word, when I hear it…
When Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers referred to the woke mob in an interview, he was referring to Black people. Make no mistake, that’s exactly who he was referring to. I know because the term “woke”, defined and used in the context of being enlightened about America’s white supremacist social order in all its iterations, didn’t come from white folks. It came from us.
However, “woke” and just about every other term Black folk have reconfigured and adapted to provide us with a level of affirmation and empowerment are gentrified and sprinkled with raisins on top by white folk. We’re who Aaron Rodgers, Bill Maher, (angry) white parents and conservative politicians are talking about when they refer to “wokeness.”