Are we “woke” or still asleep?

“Be aware”, “Awake”, “Wake Up”, “Rise”… The alarm has been ringing from some years now. Are we only now hearing it? #StayWoke movement has been growing over the years to become a full fledged modern trend.

However, I don’t know what worries be more: that this concept is trending only now? Or that we consider it as a trend? When you look up the word ‘woke’, ‘wokeness’, the origins go back to as early as the 1970s.

I been sleeping all my life. And now that Mr. Garvey done woke me up, I’m gon’ stay woke. And I’m gon’ help him wake up other black folk.

1972, Barry Beckham’s play Garvey Lives! 

If at first ‘woke’ was about being ‘aware of social injustice’… It has become increasingly linked to the movement #BlackLivesMatter. Becoming a call to action. But hasn’t it always been a call to action? At what point in time did we let our guard down?

At Authentikally Ethnic, I prefer sharing articles with positive vibes. However, it may be worthwhile to share the negative vibes too. The good with the bad. Be aware of the misery that we share around the world. And never forget that we all need to be ‘woke’ about many things that are happening everyday and all need our attention:

Is Justice blind? Source Ferdinand Studio (Unsplash)
  • Only 6 countries in the world give women the same legal rights as men: Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden. (World Bank Org.)
  • Vatican City is one of two sovereign states that do not allow divorce, the other being the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Up until June 2018, Saudi Arabia was unique in being the only country in the world where women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles
  • Decades after India banned discrimination, the castes system still shapes the lives and future of millions of Indians condemning the greater part of the population to a lifetime of poverty for generations.
  • It was only in 1993 that a new constitution that enfranchised Blacks and other racial groups was adopted and took effect in 1994 marking the end of legislated apartheid in South Africa, though not of its entrenched social and economic effects.
  • 21% of young women around the world are victims of child marriage. A clear infringement of human rights as they are forced into an unwanted marriage before the age of 18. South Asia and Africa count the most victims.
  • A harsh new criminal law was voted in 2019 in Brunei — which includes death by stoning for sex between men or for adultery, and amputation of limbs for theft — despite an international outcry.

Astounding, right?!

Dear World Citizens, as we rise today and show our outrage, remember that many battles are still to be fought. And if we win one battle, we still have a war to win. Stay ‘woke’! Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. It is not a trend… It should be a standard of living. To fight for what we believe in. To speak out against injustice. To contribute to a better world.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela

Here at Authentikally Ethnic, as I go through different cultural topics that show how our differences bring us together, I hope that through education, I can contribute to winning this ongoing fight. And you?

Here’s your chance to follow me!

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