Episode #94: The Long Take – What is “Woke?”

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In the latest edition of “The Long Take,” Jacob and Eric fully break down the concept of “Woke,” from its original definition as a term used by black racial activists to its co-opting and deliberate misuse by the mainstream Right, and take a look at several terrifying real-world examples of what the end result of a “Woke” society would look like.


00:00 Intro
04:45 Bethany Mandel asked to define “woke”; opens mouth, inserts foot
22:10 History of the political definition of woke
27:35 Why Conservatives purposely get this wrong
01:03:12 The Scott Adams Saga
01:13:30 When leftists try to use wokeness to racially awaken non-black American minorities
01:21:13 Vivek Ramaswamy’s blame in misdefining woke


Conservative commentator Bethany Mandel completely shuts down when asked to define “woke:” https://twitter.com/vanguard_pod/status/1635749284355211264 

Slate’s post-mortem on Mandel’s meltdown, revealing that she similarly couldn’t answer the same question months earlier: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2023/03/bethany-mandel-define-woke-video-stolen-youth.html 

Mandel writes up an excuse column in Newsweek, basically claiming to suffer PTSD from her humiliation: https://www.newsweek.com/define-woke-bethany-mandel-conservative-book-1788538 

Twitter users shred Mandel’s excuse that she can’t define “woke” in a “15-second soundbite:” https://twitter.com/dennistrainorjr/status/1636164360933457920

British newspaper The Independent correctly understands the true history of the word “woke:” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woke-meaning-word-history-b1790787.html

Conservative media outlet IJR mislabels a pro-lesbian Air Force recruitment ad as “woke:” https://ijr.com/on-heels-of-woke-army-recruitment-ad-air-force-releases-one-that-has-people-excited-again/ 

Babylon Bee compares woke-ism to transgenderism: https://babylonbee.com/news/conservatives-cant-define-woke-shouts-leftist-who-cant-define-man-or-woman 

Babylon Bee’s cringe skit mocking their idea of “woke:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SObAWGCr0Y 

In 2005, black author Kamau Kambon called for “exterminating White people off the face of the planet:” https://twitter.com/DrEllaBridges/status/1638464479427014657

Medical journal calls “Whiteness” a parasitic-like condition: https://amgreatness.com/2021/06/10/medical-journal-article-calls-whiteness-a-parasitic-like-condition/ 

A New York psychiatrist admits in a Yale lecture to fantasizing about shooting White people: https://amgreatness.com/2021/06/07/new-york-psychiatrist-admits-in-yale-lecture-to-fantasizing-about-shooting-white-people/

UNC journalism school dean worried that diversity of thought would interfere with the school’s goals of social justice: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/unc-dean-worried-diversity-of-thought-would-interfere-with-social-justice-ahead-of-nikole-hannah-jones-appointment/

Ibram X. Kendi’s article defending CRT after Glenn Youngkin’s victory: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-danger-more-republicans-should-be-talking-about/ar-AAWhoim

An argument between Darren Beattie and James Lindsay on how to best combat CRT: https://twitter.com/DarrenJBeattie/status/1621753299845226496

Rasmussen Reports survey shows that 72% of people agree with the statement “It’s OK to be White,” with 47% of black people disagreeing: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/washington-secrets/its-ok-to-be-white-agree-72-including-53-of-blacks 

Scott Adams’ full statement on black people who don’t think it’s OK to be White: https://twitter.com/JLPtalk/status/1629614546116833281 

Elon Musk defends Adams: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1629764614870167552 

Vivek Ramaswamy was previously speculated to be a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio in 2022: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2021/01/26/a-look-at-the-race-for-portmans-senate-seat-and-a.html 

The Cincinnati Enquirer compares Ramaswamy’s life story to that of Senator J.D. Vance: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/columnists/2023/01/18/anti-woke-crusader-vivek-ramaswamy-mulls-political-future/69814260007/ 

A portion of Ramaswamy’s announcement interview on Tucker Carlson’s show: https://twitter.com/vivekgramaswamy/status/1628249151195553792

Ramaswamy calls on DeSantis, Haley, and other Republicans to condemn the possible indictment of President Trump: https://twitter.com/VivekGRamaswamy/status/1637233081806364675 

Politico’s long-form profile of Ramaswamy as the presidential speculation first began, calling him “one of the intellectual godfathers of the anti-woke movement:” https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/02/13/anti-woke-ramaswamy-2024-election-00082414

The New Yorker Magazine calls Ramaswamy “The CEO of Anti-Woke Inc:” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/12/19/the-ceo-of-anti-woke-inc 

Our prescient post on Gab warning about Ramaswamy back in December of 2021: https://gab.com/TheRightTake/posts/107386487987371505 

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