The gaslighting is strong here. Are there extreme examples of "wokeness" being problematic? Is he generalizing? Is this even remotely the biggest issue?
The answer to only one of these questions is no.
Wokeness is a new form of something that is as old as human existence itself. What is "new" here is that more modes of communication means that different and more groups are wielding power than ever before. Correct me if I'm wrong, but we still see this kind of thing matriculating downwards in much more harmful ways.
How can we care about wokeness when we don't care at all about a president who is saying that media that criticizes him is not free speech?
Can we begin to think about institutionalized power and where our concern really should lie?
The thing about this is, as a collective society, our media literacy and cultural competency has not caught up with modern communication and its not all about wokeness.
We are all mostly complicit in "canceling" whoever if it fits our worldview. We only seem to really feel anguish over it when we see someone with an established position in society have a negative consequence to their speech. Or even better, someone who falls into an ideology that we agree with, or a social class we know should be supported or protected.
It seems now that the only thing that unites us is that we are upset when a racist tweet emerges from the past to haunt someone.
Wait, here's a fun thought experiment: was Colin Kaepernick "cancelled" by "woke" NFL fans? Damn this woke culture!
Excuse me if I'm not going to overreact to this one or pat Obama on the back here until the subject is treated with a bit more critical thinking--something Obama is usually more adept at.
Is the message here that this is really just young people?
You don't think conservatives through an absolute mindfucking hissy fit when Macy's runs an ad with two dads kissing?
We have state legislatures in Tennessee trying to defund higher education in general because it is a "liberal breeding ground."
I have seen boomers on facebook arguing that Stephen Colbert should be taken out by a sniper because he made fun of Trump.
Honestly, wokeness is only living rent free in your head right now because clickbait and low quality bullshit journalism is covering the bill.
Half the time, it feels like it's the same old fucks who would lose their shit at the idea of someone speaking a different language in their presence who also feel like their own speech should never have consequences and all the gray areas of their lives should grant them forgiveness.
Give me a break.