UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

"Woke" originates from Blackness to refer to Black political energisation and radicalisation. Institutions declaring themselves "anti-woke" are declaring themselves opposed to Black liberation, whether they realise it or not. Maybe those institutions think it's merely a trendier way of saying "political correctness", which (again unknown to them because they have zero awareness) is really a more obfuscated way of saying the same thing.

UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

It's like: the conversations white reactionaries have using the )co-opted) word "woke" (dismissing and shutting down Black liberation), are the exact same conversations that white reactionaries have used during every struggle for Black liberation in modern history. There is literally no difference here. The central racism is being relitigated by the exact same people using the exact same arguments.

Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

The irony with cynically expanding the co-opted "woke" into a synonym for "political correctness" is that it becomes an umbrella term that also includes non-Black groups feared by the Right, who have historically been played up as collaborators/enablers of Black liberation (radicals, Jews, queers, etc). The more genericised version is in fact *more* Nazi. It's brought full circle back to the originating "cultural Bolshevism".

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Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@alex parallel to this, whats also worrying is how music/youth/arts subcultures (particularly in provincial towns like mine) have been once again split up into black/white/East European/straight/queer with considerably less interaction between these groups than I remember in my own teens/young adulthood in 1980s and 1990s when everyone partied together to some extent (and that /did/ make a difference)

US parallel, Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@vfrmedia @alex I've heard the US is currently more racially segregated than we were during Jim crow, thanks to legislation + people just being tired of each other. But I have no solutions or more interesting insights to add, thanks for the thread

US parallel, Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@saffronishere @alex

TBH the sheer difference in physical size of the two countries is a factor, although there is a bit of "white flight" from some areas of London, Britain is small and crowded so its simply not possible to completely avoid minority communities even if people try to (so there is mostly an uneasy peace on the streets, hence the anger online..)

US parallel, Nazism, UK mainstream anti-Blackness via the proxy of "anti-wokeness" 

@vfrmedia @alex that's a really great point, I constantly forget how big amerikkka is. I guess I take it for granted that our country has fifty different states and hundreds of counties. It's fairly easy here to move into communities that are majority whatever race you 'prefer'. (Prefer in quotes bc preference depends a lot on racial anxiety here)

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