Discussion:
Woke
Add Reply
Mack A. Damia
2019-11-05 23:14:14 UTC
Reply
Permalink
"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're
politically woke, and all that stuff -- you should get over that
quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do
really good stuff have flaws."

"Politically woke" - recently said by President Obama in a recent
discussion with young people.

"Woke" - being conscious of racial discrimination in society and other
forms of oppression and injustice, being alert to racial or social
discrimination and injustice, along with being aware of what's going
on in the community.

'Woke' is a slang term that is easing into the mainstream from some
varieties of a dialect called African American Vernacular English

"Barack Obama calls out 'cancel culture': "That is not activism,
that's not bringing about change".

"Cancel culture" (don't know if this is an African-American term) -
refers to a mass effort, usually carried out on social media, to call
out prominent people for any alleged wrongdoing and demand that they
lose access to their public platforms.
Jerry Friedman
2019-11-05 23:35:13 UTC
Reply
Permalink
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 4:14:19 PM UTC-7, Mack A. Damia wrote:
...
Post by Mack A. Damia
"Barack Obama calls out 'cancel culture': "That is not activism,
that's not bringing about change".
"Cancel culture" (don't know if this is an African-American term) -
refers to a mass effort, usually carried out on social media, to call
out prominent people for any alleged wrongdoing and demand that they
lose access to their public platforms.
I don't think "cancel culture" is an AAVE term, but I wonder whether
the trendy "call out" for "criticize publicly" is. The Internet
isn't being very forthcoming on the subject, which means probably
not.
--
Jerry Friedman
Peter Duncanson [BrE]
2019-11-06 11:46:37 UTC
Reply
Permalink
On Tue, 5 Nov 2019 15:35:13 -0800 (PST), Jerry Friedman
Post by Jerry Friedman
...
Post by Mack A. Damia
"Barack Obama calls out 'cancel culture': "That is not activism,
that's not bringing about change".
"Cancel culture" (don't know if this is an African-American term) -
refers to a mass effort, usually carried out on social media, to call
out prominent people for any alleged wrongdoing and demand that they
lose access to their public platforms.
I don't think "cancel culture" is an AAVE term, but I wonder whether
the trendy "call out" for "criticize publicly" is. The Internet
isn't being very forthcoming on the subject, which means probably
not.
I don't see anything in the OED entry for "call out" that suggests an
AAVE origin.

to call out

4.b. originally and chiefly U.S. To expose or identify (a person) as
acting in a dishonest or otherwise unacceptable manner; to challenge
or confront. Frequently with on. Cf. to call on —— 5 at Phrasal
verbs 2.

** 1981 Akwesasne Notes (N.Y.) Autumn 12/3 The military had..tried
to cover up the incident. This..Military commander..had been
responsible during the case of the Elder Lester Athars and so the
people now were openly calling him out as an assassin, a murderer.
1992 Vibe Fall (Preview Issue) 112/4 Today the more exploitative
wanna-bes—Vanilla Ice is the best example—are called out as the
frauds they are.
1997 Washington Post 27 Sept. h9/1 Our leaders..are..profoundly
out of touch with the lives of those they allegedly represent.
Still,..we keep their race secrets, do not call them out on their
reactionary politics,..their ignorance [etc.].
<snip>

** Akwesasne Notes was (is?) a newspaper of the native American Mohawk
Nation at Akwesasne.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akwesasne
--
Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.usage.english)
Loading...