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Woke is the Real Pandemic

It is no longer enough to simply be

I am old enough to remember when we were not traveling through life burdened by the many labels that we are forced to carry today. Growing up in a very diverse city, Lawrence, Massachusetts, we lived in neighborhoods that were identified by the local church. Whether the church was named after an Irish, French, Italian, or Polish Saint you could tell what the predominant ethnicity of the community was. It was an identity but not a restriction. We had friends from other neighborhoods and we even had the pleasure of enjoying sharing the traditions of a different “culture”. We may have come from the Italian area or the French area but we were all from Lawrence. We enjoyed our roots, we enjoyed the interaction with others and we existed as one. When we got to high school and all the different areas were melded together, there were no issues, there were no labels, there was just us….young people making our way through adolescence. It was a simpler time, maybe even a naive time.

Something happened in the decades since childhood. A system that used to be responsible for educating our children has taken over the role of indoctrinating them from the first day they enter a kindergarten classroom. Who gave them this mission? Who gave them this power?

We did.

Not by affirmation but by our complacency. We allowed it to happen and now it is bigger than all of us. It has taken on a life of its own being fed, or festered, by our higher education system that is turning out bots injected with more feelings than knowledge all excited to become a part of the system. The system to create a “Woke” society one student at a time. I tried to do some research into the term Woke but I got totally frustrated. There are so many interpretations that the word really has no meaning. Using the word becomes the meaning of the person saying or writing it. It means nothing but it is a way of judging someone on your own terms and standards. In my eyes, you are either woke or not…..wow, that was easy.

Racist, sexist, bigot, misogynist, supremacist, even libertarian are all labels that have been used so much by the media, the talking heads, the brilliant Hollywood elites that they now have little meaning. I think the recent Super Bowl was clear evidence of a movement gone too far. From the singing of the Black National Anthem (like we really needed one) to God Bless America to The Star-Spangled banner all being performed by black artists. To the half time show featuring dozens of performers nearly all of which were black. To the plethora of advertisements featuring either black actors or bi-racial couples and families. The message that the NFL was trying to tell was so in your face it was offensive.

Let us just be people, not people of a certain color.

I know I am not a racist. I have many friends and acquaintances that I do not believe are racist. I am not sure I even know any racists. If I did, they probably would not be welcome in my circle. Yet why are all of us who identify as not black or not brown being forced to feel guilty as white, privileged, racists? Because society and academia have deemed it so.

Sorry, but I do not accept the label and I’ll be damned if I will accept the guilt. Let’s wake up and can the wokeness. If not, it will continue to divide us as a nation and have far greater impact on us as a people than the COVID-19 virus could ever accomplish.

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Ray Cardello

As a lifelong Conservative and resident of New Hampshire, Ray Cardello is positioned to speak with common sense about the happenings of the nation and the region. Conservative View from New Hampshire is Ray’s second blog and podcast effort in 20 years. He has published over 1,000 articles since January 2021, is syndicated on 15 websites, and is published on over 65 sites. Ray is passionate about his writing and sees the Internet as the only way for Conservatives to compete with the mainstream media. Ray claims there will be much to discuss as we move forward and his blog will not focus strictly on Washington but will also delve into State and Local issues as well. There is so much going on and so little factual sources of information to rely on.

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  2. Woke-ism is Critical Theory . Separate the society into factions, set one against the other and “ rub resentment raw” . Teach hatred for all participants in the founding of the country and paint the country , government and majority as monsters. Only a large powerful woke government can fix it and right the wrongs. Only good “ Crit Kids” are the most beautiful, thoughtful and moral of the population. Critical history theory, critical literary theory, critical sociological theory etc etc ….. crit is all that is taught in academia. Why is nobody discussing this blatant and obvious Marxist Strategy for installing Marxism?
    They are long out of the closet. You can’t get a job at a college or university in the humanities is you lack “Crit Cred”. A Maoist style Cultural Revolution is afoot. We must go after these Crit professors and the administrations supporting this in our schools.

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