So, today’s post is sort of like a public service announcement. Now, even though I kind of hate the word “woke,” I do need to clarify something about the concept. Look, there’s no race to “wokeness,” son. Meaning, no one gets a prize for being the first one to embrace Black issues. Frankly, anyone who argues about someone else’s “wokeness” is missing the whole damn point, man. All in all, the goal should be for our entire community to contribute to our empowerment.
Now, I won’t lie, a comment I saw on Instagram inspired this post, fam. In any case, I know some folks might be thinking “people always say dumb shit on social media, LC.” Ok, yes, while this is absolutely true, this one comment just irked me, bruh. Basically, a woman posted a still frame from Jay-Z‘s “The Story of O.J.” video. In her caption, she told people to pay attention to the message in the song. From there, some dude wrote “shit is so standard only dumb niggas woke by this.” For whatever reason, that statement pissed me off, man. On the real, if the song inspires someone to do better, why does it matter when they came to this realization?
Look, this is a problem I have with so-called “knowledgeable” people. Keeping it a buck, I feel like they care more about seeming smart than actually helping their fellow man or woman. Fam, Black people are historically disenfranchised in this country. Real talk, we legitimately need everyone onboard if we’re really going to make any strides in America. Whether we’re talking about politics, social issues or financial literacy, the community needs to be on one accord when it comes creating change. Ultimately, it doesn’t help the cause when some clown thinks he’s ahead of the curve.
In the end, instead of criticizing people for when they “woke” up, this dude should be happy that folks are making improvements. He should be happy that an artist like Jay is finally using his voice to speak about these issues. By and by, having these conversations in a vacuum doesn’t help anyone. The only way to inspire real change is for these ideas to permeate throughout the entire community. All in all, that’s the real definition of “woke,” man. LC out.