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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?

From Asleep to Insomniac, How Woke Are You? @Da1nOnlyCMart on Twitter

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 ____________?

Quiz: From Asleep to Insomniac, How Woke Are You?
Is woke-ish a word? That’s pretty much where you stand.

You’re living in the sweet spot between dreaming (of what and how the world should be) and waking up (to the bleak reality that the world can be unkind, unfair and unruly). You’re beginning to be critical of the latter, asking the right questions and looking in the right places for them. Don’t fret: that’s a good thing. Your heart’s in the right place, so give yourself snaps for taking the initiative to learn what you can and build on what you already know.
You’re the wokest of them all. (Wait, is that always a good thing?)

You don’t have to label yourself as “woke” (in fact you likely cringe at the thought of doing so), but if push comes to shove, you have no problem wearing your social awareness like a badge of honor. All you’re doing anyway is what you feel is an obligation to society: to use your voice, your platform and your privilege for good. If anything, anyone would be lucky to have you in their corner. The world could use more empowered, impassioned people like you, too. At the same time, though, be wary: you’re coming very close to becoming the kind of woke that’s short-fused, hard to please and always just ready to fight. Woke? Great. Resorting to stoking every dumpster fire you come across on the internet? Now, that’s just toxic behavior. It’s okay to stand down sometimes and to stay in your lane. Remember: the real battles are won offline anyway.
Stay woke and prosper.

No need to get woke if you stay woke, eh? You’ve got a good head on your shoulders that keeps your desire for social justice in check. More than feeling for people who don’t get to enjoy the privileges you do, you know how important it is to empathize. You also know to check yourself and your wokeness before it runs away from you. (It’s far too easy for someone to parade as woke but merely need a place to funnel their frustrations into.) That’s not your problem, though. So keep the fire alive, keep fighting the good fight, carry on and prosper.
Someone’s fast asleep! Enjoying the nap, are we?

No shade, but consider yourself lucky to have the privilege not to be bothered by the things happening around you (either that, or perhaps nearly not bothered enough). It’s understandable if you want to keep yourself out of stressful situations. You might just be the “life’s too short,” “pick your battles” or heck, “not my battle, not my problem” type of person. That’s one way to simplify. But now, the choice is yours: knowing that a reasonable amount of personal investment in social issues doesn’t hurt, do you feel compelled to start caring?

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