“Wokeification” scares the crap out of rightwing nutballs

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A commander in the US Space Force was removed from his position following comments he made on podcasts promoting his new book that claims that Marxist ideologies are spreading in the US military…

“That wasn’t just prolific in social media, or throughout the country during this past year, but it was spreading throughout the United States military,” he added. “And I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature.”

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He also said practices like mandatory diversity and inclusion training, which Republicans have also rejected, create divisiveness in the US, according to Military.com.

So far, it seems that opposing racist and sexist practices are dangerous symptoms of being “woke”. Guess I’ve been “woke” for several decades. I always thought I was standing up for the best advice we ever received from the founders of this nation. And beyond.

16 thoughts on ““Wokeification” scares the crap out of rightwing nutballs

  1. p/s says:

    “One year after the death of George Floyd, there is widespread recognition that America’s national reckoning on race still has a long way to go. But another thing is becoming clear: data suggests public opinion on racial justice issues has changed dramatically, powering a sustained and historically significant wave of activism among white Americans.
    It’s a development with wide-ranging political and policy implications, creating the conditions for rethinking approaches to policing, criminal justice, housing and health care disparities, to name a few.
    …The question, however, is whether this change in public opinion is fleeting or a sign of a new state of racial consciousness among white Americans. Researchers have warned about the need for caution in declaring decisive victories.”

  2. 10HUT says:

    Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s search for ‘woke military’ complaints draws ridicule — and war movie quotes https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/06/03/dan-crenshaw-woke-military/
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.) asked service members to submit whistleblower complaints about liberal policies in the force. https://crenshaw.house.gov/whistleblower
    “We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology,” Crenshaw said Friday on Twitter.
    Crenshaw’s appeal, co-led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a fellow veteran, is a new front in a Republican attack on Defense Department leaders that was prompted by military policy changes, including those that have focused on weeding out extremist troops and removing barriers that have held back women.
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson and others have pilloried such changes, calling them attacks on conservatives in uniform and evidence of an “emasculated military,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said.

  3. Honky-tonk says:

    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tangled Thursday over the Pentagon’s efforts to bolster diversity, equity and inclusion in the military.
    Cotton repeatedly cut off Austin, the nation’s first Black Defense secretary, as the Pentagon leader sought to provide context on racial issues in the armed forces during a Senate hearing.
    The exchanges came on the heels of Cotton and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — two combat veterans — launching a web portal for “whistleblowers” to report examples of “woke ideology” in the military. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/557818-cotton-pentagon-chief-tangle-over-diversity-training-in-military

  4. Ignorance is Strength says:

    Rick Berman, an infamous right-wing lobbyist whose organizations have been accused of several astroturfing campaigns—and who is known as “Dr. Evil”—revealed that his firm is behind an organization that claimed to be a grass-roots movement against New York City’s prep schools focus on “diversity education.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5g5ny/researcher-uncovers-critical-race-theory-astroturfing-campaign
    On Thursday, a researcher who goes by Z3dster and specializes in open source intelligence investigations, published a post detailing evidence that he claimed showed Berman and Company was behind Prep School Accountability. https://z3dster.medium.com/astroturfing-dr-evil-and-n-y-c-s-elite-schools-2c2803b41a3e
    D. Evil (2007) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-rick-berman-aka-dr-evil/

  5. p/s says:

    “Critical Race Theory Is a Convenient Target for Conservatives” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/06/critical-race-theory-ibram-kendi-racism-racists.html
    “CRT is a decades-old set of ideas from the legal academy, which began to be a low-grade source of right-wing panic about racism during the Obama administration. Since the anti-racism protests of 2020 and the end of the Trump administration, though, it has rapidly become an all-purpose term to attack any sort of discussion of the history or current conditions of racial inequity in America.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/06/florida-critical-race-theory-ban-what-it-tells-us-about-anti-anti-racism.html

  6. Cognitive dissonance says:

    “Is there an uncontroversial way to teach America’s racist history?
    A historian on the unavoidable discomfort around anti-racist education.” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22464746/critical-race-theory-anti-racism-jarvis-givens
    See also “What’s Missing From the Discourse About Anti-racist Teaching” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/whats-missing-from-the-discourse-about-anti-racist-teaching/618947/ “Black educators have always known that their students are living in an anti-Black world and that their teaching must be set against the very order of that world.”

  7. So it goes says:

    “Finding himself in the news for non-sex-scandal-related matters on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was left flustered and shaking his head when Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered a blistering retort to the MAGA congressman’s criticism that the military is too “woke.”
    With the GOP currently engaged in an all-encompassing culture war against “critical race theory,” Gaetz and Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) blasted Milley during a Housed Armed Services hearing about the teaching of CRT, an obscure academic concept revolving around systemic racism, to military leaders. Given an opportunity to respond by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Milley offered up a passionate defense.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/general-milley-fires-back-at-gaetzs-offensive-question-leaving-him-shaking-his-head

  8. Sour loser says:

    Former President Trump on Thursday criticized an old target — the U.S. women’s national soccer team — by saying players would have won the gold medal and not the bronze at the Olympics if they weren’t “woke.”
    “Woke means you lose, everything that is woke goes bad, and our soccer team certainly has,” Trump said in a statement issued by his Save America PAC.
    “If our soccer team, headed by a radical group of Leftist Maniacs, wasn’t woke, they would have won the Gold Medal instead of the Bronze,” he argued.
    Trump has repeatedly targeted the women’s national team for abuse, and players have fired back at the president.
    Things grew especially heated in 2019 as the team worked its way toward eventually winning the women’s World Cup. Star player Megan Rapinoe, asked if she was excited about going to the White House if the team won, said ahead of the tournament, “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/566490-trump-us-womens-soccer-team-wouldve-won-olympic-gold-instead-of
    “U.S. Women Claim Bronze and Like the Way It Feels” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/05/sports/us-australia-soccer

  9. Cage fight says:

    “On Friday, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – a leading progressive voice within her party and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress – slammed long-time Democratic strategist James Carville for being out of touch with the modern Democratic Party amid the debate over its election losses.
    “The average audience for people seriously using the word ‘woke’ in a 2021 political discussion are James Carville and Fox News pundits,” the congresswoman wrote on Twitter. “So that should tell you all you need to know.”
    Carville, who originally gained national prominence by helping then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton win the 1992 presidential election, told PBS on Wednesday that “wokeness” was to blame for Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s loss to Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial election.
    Carville has a history of attacking so-called “wokeness” – a catch-all term with lots of purported meanings, in this case referring to the language progressives use to talk about social issues like race and gender.” https://news.yahoo.com/rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-slammed-172328388.html
    “Like an aged one-hit wonder, James Carville has made a career of playing his favorite tune over and over: a warmed-over centrist jeremiad against the Left that has proved to be as wrong as it is stale.” https://jacobinmag.com/2021/07/james-carville-centrist-politics-television

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