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  • Alicia Takaoka

Staying Woke

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

From my Twitter (which is soon to be decommissioned in favor of my new professional account) came a great question. Why should everyone assume they have [racism]? Assuming you bias people based on race, in some way, holds you open from the trappings of privilege and “woke culture.” Too many people are quick to dismiss any failings and blind spots they have when it comes to race because they claim to be “woke.”

Woke-ness (what people mean when they say “stay woke”) is not something that happens once, and you’re good for life. Being woke is a process of reflection and refining your actions and narratives about people. There is always something to learn about race and how your community or you treat others or how you other yourself.

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