What we refer to as #Wokeness operates within a complex theoretical structure developed by far Left academics and intellectuals over at least the past 50 or 60 years. It may be confusing to people in the US who are accustomed to using the terms #Liberal and #Leftist interchangeably, but the Woke Movement is fundamentally, and doctrinally anti-Liberal. It is a rejection of #Liberalism on all levels. Wokeness represents the social activist application of #CriticalTheory and its subcategories; Critical Race Theory and Critical Gender Theory; it is not a manifestation of Liberal beliefs born from the Enlightenment; it is an attempt to nullify those beliefs.
In their ideology, objective truth does not exist, logic, rationality and reason are “ways of knowing” that have no greater validity than other “ways of knowing” such as “lived experience”, and any insistence on facts, data, research, investigation and deduction constitute bias. The movement is opposed to Liberal conceptions of freedom, justice, equality, liberty, and democracy insofar as all such concepts, as understood in Liberalism, when manifest, inevitably result in different, inequitable outcomes for different people.
They will, however, employ the terms associated with Liberalism, but their conceptions of them are comprehensively different. The Woke use the same words we use, but for them, they are a jargon with esoteric meanings which most un-Woke people would find incoherent.
Wokeness is theory elaborated upon by further theory, explained by yet further theory, and continuously developed with ever increasing layers of even more theory. Part of this tower of theory includes an unbeatable defense against invalidation or criticism, and that is the idea that any and all methods used to disprove the theories are themselves invalid “ways of knowing”. Wokeness is unfalsifiable. It is an impenetrable iron ring of circular logic. This is why if you challenge a Woke person on social media, for instance, they will make perhaps one or two attempts to evangilize you with Woke doctrine, but if you continue to question or disagree, they will block you. You will have revealed yourself to be an unbeliever, and possibly as an agent of evil.
Wokeness is best understood in terms of religious extremism, and if it is allowed to prevail, we will indeed enter into a new Dark Ages.
It is a grave mistake to view the #WokeMovement as having any linear connection to activist movements in America’s past. This is not a sequel to the Civil Rights or Labor, Suffragette or Abolitionist movements; all of which based their appeals upon the founding principles of the country and the tenets of Liberalism. The Woke Movement is an attack on those principles and an assault on those tenets, seeking to dismantle the moral and intellectual foundations of Western Civilization.