What’s “woke”?


“Woke” is what, in the sixties, we used to call “revisionism.” It’s an examination of our country, our system, our institutions with a more realistic perspective than the old hagiography.

A revisionist classic is Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Another is Jim Bouton’s Ball Four.

More realistic.

Ball Four just shined a light on the personal foibles of athletes (which had rarely been done before).

A People’s History shined a light on the deep issues of our society. Doing that is very disturbing. Our society has some really major issues.

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).