This Slate writer threatened violence against people who use "woke" in a manner he finds disagreeable and I'm sure there will be grave consequences for him like a pay raise or a book deal
· Nov 8, 2021 ·

Like they say,

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

man, sometimes violence — or threatening it — is the answer, i gotta say.

And sometimes proper capitalization – or using it – is the answer, I gotta say.

But hey, he was being all folksy. Kinda takes the edge off the explicit endorsement of violence.


And it doesn't mean I'm gonna do anything to you, or that anyone else will...

Oh, well, that's certainly good to...

...But it doesn't mean I won't either.

You really can't blame him. He was outraged at the fact that other people don't want to follow his specific rules on the proper use of an idiom – the violation of which justly infuriates him, because in case you missed it, it's somehow now a racial slur (unless you're black).

If you're not black and started using "woke" pejoratively sometime post-2018 or so (or worse, don't know anything about the earlier iteration of the term), I think it's fair to consider it a racial slur.

This is a double non sequitur in that it not only makes no sense logically, it's literally assuming racist intent specifically if you don't have racist intent. How could you, if you don't know?

Even their tripwires have tripwires.

He must know (has to know) that people use the term "woke" as a pejorative in a generic way referring to liberal policies. It might be overused, but fine, it's fun and everyone (and I mean everyone) knows what it means in that sense.

Therefore, to say that it's "worse," or even super doubly racist if you "don't know anything about the earlier iteration of the term" makes no sense.

Here's the origin as described in the reliably leftist Wikipedia:

Woke (/woʊk/ wohk) is an adjective meaning 'alert to racial prejudice and discrimination' that originated in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). Beginning in the 2010s, it came to encompass a broader awareness of social inequalities such as sexism, and has also been used as shorthand for left-wing ideas involving identity politics and social justice, such as the notion of white privilege and slavery reparations for African Americans.

So, yeah. It originated over a hundred years ago in the African-American community and has since evolved. I thought we're supposed to like it when words evolve and have endlessly expansive meanings like "color-blind" and "anti-vaxx" the better to fit the, um, woke narrative.

In case you were wondering, yes, Twitter is very much extremely 100% committed against such violent threats:

Violent threats

We prohibit content that makes violent threats against an identifiable target....

Note: We have a zero tolerance policy against violent threats. Those deemed to be sharing violent threats will face immediate and permanent suspension of their account.

Wishing, hoping, or calling for serious harm on a person or group of people

We do not tolerate content that wishes, hopes, promotes, incites, or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or serious disease against an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hoping that someone dies as a result of a serious disease e.g., "I hope you get cancer and die."
  • Wishing for someone to fall victim to a serious accident e.g., "I wish that you would get run over by a car next time you run your mouth."
  • Saying that a group of individuals deserves serious physical injury e.g., "If this group of protesters don't shut up, they deserve to be shot."

You have to love Twitter's example. I'm sure by "protesters" they were referring to January 6.

It's also interesting to note that Anderson is making specific threats of violence against only non-black people.

And yes, Twitter is equally committed to stamping out race hatred on its site:

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

See? There are a whole bunch of words they use to ensure a safe environment free of violence and abuse and maybe they'll get around to reading it when they aren't banning conservatives for misgendering someone (which is, after all, the real violence).

Incidentally, Anderson addressed the controversy he kicked up with his racist threats of violence by... you guessed it: calling everyone a racist.

One more thing, and this very well might be my favorite part.

I know this is hard because a certain group of folks feel entitled to say whatever they want to you whenever they want. And who am I to stop them from using a term they shoplifted from the black community? All I'm saying is, like with the other words, I get to decide my response

The Slate jOurNAliSt feels that free speech, the right upon which his job depends, is an "entitlement."

But, hey, as he admits,

"Who am I to stop them?"

This right after he threatened violence towards them.

Can't wait for the book deal. I can see the title now:

"How I Threatened People From The Safety Of My Computer: A Hero's Tale"

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