A recent Washington Post essay asserts that terms like “woke” and “CRT” are merely “euphemisms” employed by conservatives to express “racism” in a more acceptable way. It also argues that “anti-Blackness is limitless” and tells conservatives to “go back to the source material” and employ racial slurs instead.
The article posted on Monday by Pittsburgh columnist Damon Young, titled “Woke is now a dog whistle for Black. What’s next?” claims that a variety of words employed by Americans have actually been deemed to be “coded language” for black citizens.
For the purpose of location, terms such as “urban,” “inner-city,” and “Democratic strongholds” are cited as examples of this code, along with areas depicted by the code as “sketchy” or “depressed” “ghettos” filled with “thugs.”
Black citizens are classified in the same way as “transient” “Section 8” “renters” who are “employable only through ‘affirmative action' ‘diversity' ‘quotas,'” the writer explained.
Other words that are listed include “at-risk,” “underserved,” and “fatherless,” along with “marginalized,” “low-income,” and “welfare-dependent.”
“But we’re also ‘socialists’ and ‘low-information voters’ taught ‘critical race theory’ by ‘Marxists’ so we can be ‘anti-American,’” he claims, while noting the black athlete is frequently identified as “naturally gifted,” “ungrateful,” “intimidating,” and “somehow both ‘aggressive' and ‘lazy.'”
Young’s work has been highlighted by The New York Times and The Guardian. He says he's “lost count of how many different euphemisms I’ve read and heard to describe” black Americans similar to himself in the past few decades since the time he “first became aware of the coded language used to indicate Black people.”
“I even considered creating a drinking game where I’d take a shot each time I’d heard a racist dog whistle during a politician’s speech, but I probably would’ve died,” he explained.
According to Young, the “newest addition” to such terms is “CRT,” an acronym for Critical Race Theory, an academic and legal framework that is promoted by many leftists asserting it is based on the idea that American structures, such as the economy, government and culture, are built on a hierarchy of race that places people of white descent at the top and those with black skin at the bottom. In addition, even what seems to be non-racial is, upon closer examination, in fact, rooted in racism.
In the end, he is pushing for reform in almost all its institutions.
“You have Black teachers, Black administrators or Black school board members? That’s CRT,” Young explained. “Black authors in your curriculum? CRT.”
“You happen to teach a version of American history that doesn’t capitulate to the concept of American exceptionalism? CRT,” he wrote.
Young continued to ridicule the use of the word as a supposed euphemism.
“Soon, CRT will be given sentience. It’ll be blamed for sham robberies, phantom murders and the NCAA’s transfer portal,” Young wrote. “Cops will stop and frisk CRT, and will plant guns on it when the search is clean.”
“Parents will take their children out of schools, fearing that CRT will ask their daughters to the prom,” he said.
Although the subject may appear “absurd,” Young says, “There’s an insidious intentionality behind it,” claiming that “White anxiety about this obscure legal terminology” helped create a “CRT boogeyman” as an “effective way to galvanize White parents by putting a name to their fear of the decentering of Whiteness in America.”
“Continents have formed in less time than it would take for that decentering to happen, but things like ‘time’ and ‘reality’ don’t seem to matter to the White parents distraught about Nikole Hannah-Jones,” he added.
Another word used in the Post writer includes is “woke,” which he states was originally “used exclusively by Black people to describe the Black people so socially conscious that it bordered on parody” but “unfortunately, one of us left the gate open and said it in mixed company, and it eventually entered the mainstream as a synonym for political correctness.”
Then, the right “caught wind of it,” as they're “20 to 60 years behind everything,” and it “became their umbrella for literally anything that even hinted at possessing a sliver of social consciousness,” the author wrote.
“My favorite is how the NFL — the same National Football League that makes each game feel like Flag Day — is now too woke for some conservative sensibilities,” said Young.
According to Young, at present, the word “woke” is “mostly used by the right to signify the presence of Black people” in places they weren’t supposed to be.
According to Young, he is “mostly interested in what's next,” Young predicted that the “dog whistle glossary” would be able to see “new contenders” emerge as it happens every year.
“Anti-Blackness is limitless, so the pool of candidates to indicate the presence of Black people is bottomless,” Young wrote. “It could be something as innocuous as ‘grits,’ or something as arbitrarily specific as MUMFAs (Monmouth University MFAs).”
He ended the piece by saying that “maybe we should go back to the source material, where racists don’t have to twist themselves into bigoted little knots.”
“Just say n—-r with your chest,” he wrote.
“Wait, that’s too offensive? Too explosive? Too dangerous to say in public? Whatever,” he said. “Who’s the snowflake now?”
The essay is written while American institutions and citizens are being regularly accused of bigotry and racism while certain left-wingers continue to paint America as a U.S. as a systemically racist nation.
In June, an article in the Washington Post claimed that black Americans might have to “flee” the country in the face of an increasing number of “crazy White people” who are “not to be trifled with.”
The previous month, the Post essay encouraged Black Americans “tired” of American hostility to contemplate moving to Ghana in order to have a place “free from White America’s psychic violence.”
Even earlier, a Post article accused Americans of disproving and debunking racist discrimination across the country, and stating that the Ahmaud Arbery murderers “stand in for millions of Americans” across the country who consider skin color to be a factor in making an individual “less worthy.”
A different Post article claimed current math curricula were “enshrin[ing] the names of White men” while “blurring” the contributions of other mathematicians, requesting that formulas that have allegedly “racist” origins be removed from math textbooks.