The phrase “woke” is just about played out, folks. It has become uncannily prevalent the world over, and is slipping into uncoolness the same way that “tubular” and “far out” did back in the early 1990’s.
This is due, in part, to the massive umbrella of actions that are considered “woke” these days. Protesting against racial injustice is “woke”, but so is making sure that your dog’s food doesn’t exploit the labor pool where it’s manufactured. Your “wokeness” is measured in both your social media presence and in the section of the grocery store that you shop in.
So, as “woke” begins to enter its death spiral, we see that Americans are pretty much “woke” about everything, and ol’ Christopher Columbus has fallen back into the crosshairs during this awakening.
Protesters tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia’s state capital on Tuesday using ropes to topple the monument before burning an American flag atop it and dragging it into a nearby lake. In Boston, a statue of the 15th Century explorer was beheaded overnight.
The vandalism comes one day after a judge temporarily blocked Gov. Ralph Northan’s order to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee that stands on Monument Avenue in Richmond.
“This continent is built on the blood and the bones of our ancestors, but it is built off the backs and the sweat and the tears and the blood and the bones of Africans,” Vanessa Bolin, a member of the Richmond Indigenous Society, said at the protest. “We’re not here to hijack your movement. We’re here to stand in solidarity.”
“We cannot fight white supremacy without recognizing and uplifting one of its earliest victims on this continent,” Joseph Rogers, another speaker at the protest, said.
The news comes as HBO Max has controversially removed Hollywood classic Gone With The Hand from its streaming platform on account of the film’s portrayal of African Americans.
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