Thanks to the endless mediocrity of White people misappropriating everything in Black culture, the MAGA morons of the extreme right have now taken a word — “woke” — that has real meaning to the Black community and made it meaningless.
“Woke” is now used by the right to criticize all things vaguely liberal, reducing another moment in Black history to a terrible tweetable talking point.
It’s bad enough that elected GOP officials are literally writing new bills with the term “anti-woke agenda” in them, but it’s even worse to hear the conservative crapski spilling from their hatemouths.
But to watch one of them “explain” to a Black woman what “woke” means is to feel the cringe setting into your bones while folding over onto themselves to get away from the pain.
Meet Bethany Mandel, whose apparent claim to fame is being *checks notes* a birthing vessel host body for Washington Examiner propaganda publisher Seth Mandel.
Bethany is a star in the homeschooling world and is always giving off some real Holly Hobbie-type energy.
Birther Bethany was a guest on The Hill’s online program Rising on Tuesday, where she was fully caught off guard by co-host Briahna Joy Gray asking her to give the definition of “woke.”
It’s honestly better seen than described.
LOL: Briahna Joy Gray BREAKS the brain of Rising guest Bethany Mandel by asking her to define "wokeness" pic.twitter.com/uwRSSH0LaM
— The Vanguard (@vanguard_pod) March 14, 2023
Every time one of these right-wing nutjobs says “woke,” an angel dies from cringe.
Mandel herself predicted her painful appearance would go viral, and blamed it on “Mommy brain” because she just produced her sixth human child offering to Dear Leader to carefully teach to hate all others.
The fog of “Mommy brain” is real enough, but it doesn’t explain away being a racist who hates independent thinking. Bethany’s viral moment shines a light on how hateful they all are, which is what we should focus us instead of honing in on “woke.”
Dear Bethany Mandel.
Here’s the definition of “woke,” you pathetic, ignorant, racist MAGA moron.
Very easily stated in 15 seconds.
woke: aware of & actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial & social justice)
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) March 15, 2023
Bethany Mandel provides an explanation this morning on why she couldn’t define “woke” yesterday. pic.twitter.com/qgs1pXblMu
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 15, 2023
“Can you define woke’”?
Bethany Mandel: https://t.co/nMXmziYKW2 pic.twitter.com/JsWfDYy0jG
— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) March 15, 2023
Briana's genius was in saying nothing but "… you can take your time…". Sitting in silence while Bethany Mandel proves herself to be the clown we all know her as. https://t.co/iszxW1kpQv
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 15, 2023
Woke was a positive term used by folks (mostly black) who wanted to be aware of things larger and more important than themselves and their own experiences but is clearly just a slur when used by Bethany Mandel and others. There's no reason to pretend otherwise. https://t.co/gibvcn64Mo
— @ijbailey (@ijbailey) March 15, 2023
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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.