Over the past few years, there has been an increase in major companies waving their virtue flag of wokeism. In one way, it seems that these companies are bringing about inclusivity and helping spread the cause of giving everyone a chance to succeed. It seems completely commendable; it could also appear that anyone who has a heart should support and proclaim allegiance to such a cause; but many see the truth. Anyone who is not running along with this progressive crowd of so called “anti-racist” peacemakers are emphatically called racist and “white supremacists” who are oppressive by their very existence.
Moreover, this type of rhetoric or conclusion towards anti-woke individuals does not stop there. The idea that one race needs to give special favors to another race only breeds more contempt, hatred and division between all who are involved. Can the woke flag wavers see this? Can they see the potential effects of such continual ideology? If minorities are the ones that are given the “helping hand,” could those very people become individuals with targets on their back? Targets of hate or dislike just because so much favor has been shown them? This would in fact create the opposite effect and water down the whole premise behind wokeism. The very nature of wokeism would begin to create chaos. Would this ultimate effect breed this type of phenomenon? Would we see those given equitable opportunities and special favors (unmerited) become victims of the very hate wokeism claims to fix?
If one looks back centuries ago to biblical history, this type of situation can even be found in the story of Joseph where favoritism brought about jealousy then murder. What looked like just a story of a father giving his son a special coat so he would feel loved turned out to cause such a climactic event that sent Joseph into a pit, left for dead; a family torn apart. “But when his brothers saw that his father loved him [Joseph] more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him” (Genesis 37:4). Soon Joseph was sold by his brothers, which brought about great sadness for years to the entire family.
Saul D. Alinsky writes on the ideology of change that truth to the organizer of a revolution is “relative and changing. He is a political relativist.” Moreover, just the idea of analyzing whether such tactics as equity and CRT is immoral would be deemed politically illiterate, according to Alinsky. “One man’s positive is another man’s negative.” Consequently, Alinksy concludes that a “duality of all phenomena is vital in our understanding of politics.” However, viewing society amidst the backdrop of the notion of “haves” and “have-nots” and moral relativism only breeds dangerous rhetoric; we see this in current culture with its failing quest of living in human harmony. There is in fact a right and wrong way to seek justice.
Wokeism perpetuates victimhood. It is a cancer that keeps giving. Too many industry leaders have sacrificed the unity of a society for the sake of pleasing an invisible panel of judges that claim to hold the truth about fairness and justice; this political ideology only re-infects wounds and causes more suffering and brokenness; companies waving their woke flags will soon see its counter effects.