QUIZ: From Asleep to Insomniac, How Woke Are You?
Take the quiz to find out where you stand on the social awakening scale
The watchword “stay woke” has caught on, stayed on and even evolved quite a bit, rising in popularity when the Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013, but not before Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu put in on the radar via “Master Teacher” five years before that. In places like Ferguson, Missouri, and St. Paul, Minnesota, staying woke began as a means to tackle police brutality, a broken justice system and institutionalized racism. It was a call to action, in the most general sense, to be “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues.” Resonating with the rest of the world that’s living through the same ache for social justice, staying woke has since widened in scope. But what does it mean in 2019?
For ordinary citizens enabled by social media, it’s to take it upon themselves to diligently burst their own bubbles, to learn about injustices within and beyond their community. Part of the every day now includes holding each other accountable, too, online or otherwise, and expecting more from one another for words used, decisions made, sides taken and privilege leveraged. It’s an exhausting non-job job. But even if citizens aren’t able to stick it to the man, there’s comfort in knowing he’s aware they’re watching. Then again, and as mentioned, staying woke has morphed into different things to different people albeit still fueled by social awareness. There are now varying degrees of intensity, commitment and manifestations of “wokeness,” all on full display on social media: some good, some bad, some almost-catastrophic. (Here’s looking at you, Woke Twitter™)
If the party line here is to get woke, stay woke and live woke: time to find out where you fall on that social awakening scale. From asleep to insomniac, how woke are you?
Let’s start things nice and easy: Be honest about your internet behavior. Which kind of person are you on social media?
Your thoughts on this photo?
Fill this in: I believe social media is a great way to ____________.
You see this on your timeline: Scarlett Johansson’s out to play an Asian movie character again. Your reaction?
Which best describes your reaction to an influencer who accidentally exposes himself as a bigot online?
Uh-oh, there’s Twitter beef brewing and you want to give someone a piece of your mind. What do you tweet?
You just learned about a protest! People are mobilizing to defend a marginalized group you care about. What do you do?
In your opinion, can the personal and the political ever be separated?
How would you respond to a person in the public eye who defends his wrongdoings?
Select what makes most sense to you: What’s the point of activism if it isn’t ____________?
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