Woke (/ˈwoʊk/) as a political term of African American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression “stay woke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.
I opine that this term is beautiful and that the African American community, by applying a meaning to a word this way, creates discussion and thought.
I’m also aware that there is people that make fun of this word or try to demean it, people that are a little older. The truth is that words like criminal behavior, wrong, unjust, evil, and racist were used to try to get their point across and no one paid attention. Now “woke” seems to have had an impact, even if it is being ridiculed, at least attention is being brought to what woke is trying to reveal.