Why I’m leaving the cult of wokeness

Africa Brooke wrote an open letter on why she is leaving the cult of wokeness. It has been read by almost five million people, and has struck a chord. And no she is not an old white male (an oppressor), she is a young black female.

If there’s one thing I’m NOT afraid of, it’s being ‘cancelled’.

​If being cancelled means me living in integrity as a human being who thinks for themselves, CANCEL ME TODAY!

​I repeat; I am not afraid.

​What I’m truly afraid of is existing in a world that forces me to submit to an ideology without question, otherwise I’m to be shamed (or pressured to shame myself) and cast out of the community.

​A world that tells me that because I inhabit a black body; I will forever be oppressed and at the mercy of some omnipresent monster called ‘whiteness’.

​That because of the colour of my skin; I am a victim of an inherently racist system by default – and me rejecting the narrative of oppression means that I am in fact, in denial.

She continues:

What I’m truly afraid of is existing in a world that forces me to consider the colour of my skin and my gender (and that of others) at every fucking turn, instead of living by Martin Luther King’s teachings and prioritising the content of mine and other people’s character.

​I dread the prospect of a world where context, nuance, critical thinking, meritocracy, mathematics, science, and rationality are considered tools of ‘white supremacy’, and the rule is that you’re not allowed to question or argue this senseless statement – especially if you’re white.

​A world that is conditioning you and I to believe that we will always be trapped in some weird hierarchy because of our race, our genitals, our physical abilities, our neurodiversity, our sexuality, and our politics.

​And that if we do not agree on every single thing, it’s a sign that we are interacting with an enemy – or at the very least, someone to be wildly suspicious and judgmental of…instead of another complex human being worthy of being seen and heard.

​We’ve seen this in NZ. I’ve seen strong left women be shunned from the rest of the left because for example they have a different view on gender identity issues. Doesn’t matter that they may agree on everything else – you must agree on everything.

This absolutist, authoritarian world is being fiercely crafted under the guise of ‘social justice’, and I want no parts in this. I AM OUT.

​As someone that, politically speaking, leans left on most things (although I’m neither left or right) – the current state of affairs and this push for obedience at all costs is NOT what I signed up for.

​I never signed up to be hit over the head with disempowering narratives that tell me that I need to refer to myself as a ‘person of colour’ (how is this different being called a ‘coloured’ person?), a minority, a marginalised person, and BAME (UK version of BIPOC).

​I cannot stand any of these terms.

At least she isn’t hispanic, as in the US mainly white activists lecture hispanics on why they should identify as Latinx!

​Read her entire essay. It is worth the time.


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