Commentary: Has wokeism finally peaked?

Common sense Americans don't trust woke institutions, especially the schools — and their unease may enable the right to create a cultural turning point.


Wokeism: a pedantic, backwards-looking virus designed by self-righteous elites to divide the country, eliminate freedom, and enhance their power. 

At least that’s my definition.

We live in serious times, and because of that, hopefully wokeism has plateaued.

The turning point may have been the February San Francisco school board recall, where three radical members were removed by more than 70% of voters.

Voters were perturbed by a myriad of issues, but particularly left-wing board personnel spending time renaming schools  — efforts that even liberal professors explained have dubious historical accuracy — rather than reopening locked campuses. San Francisco is an outlier among outliers, and according to a contact out there, “had no plan, other than 90 minutes of remote instruction daily.”

After their ousting, churlish board members hilariously blamed “right wing racism” because they have no explanation. There are basically no conservatives in the City by the Bay. No Republican has held the mayoral office for nearly 60 years; Donald Trump got 12% of the vote in 2020; and Nancy Pelosi, at only 31% approval nationally, received nearly 80% of the vote. 

This is an edifying reminder that even left-leaning voters can put up with only so much nonsense.

Another piece of evidence for wokeism waning is last year’s Virginia gubernatorial election, where a Republican governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general prevailed in a blue state. Republicans won mainly due to the woke bigotry of critical race theory.

An additional trend to watch is how minority groups, including immigrants, dislike wokeism, just as they didn’t like Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren’s failed presidential campaigns. 

Latinos and blacks are continuously leaving the Democrats, while in general, immigrants’ political views are more diverse than some realize. Asian Americans now lead the intrepid fight to recall San Francisco’s horrific district attorney, Chesa Boudin.

Burn-it-all-down wokeism will long exist among a fringe of over-educated plutocrats, especially on Twitter and around large cities. That is a lot, but hopefully not enough to run the country’s major institutions. 

By promoting practical solutions and exposing their mendacity, more common sense Americans won’t trust the woke within our institutions, especially the schools.

“We have the worst inflation and highest gas prices in history, the worst border crisis, the worst crime wave since  the 1990s,” AEI’s Marc Thiessen told Fox News last month. “And what are Democrats focused on? They’re focused on forcing schools over your objections to teach your children woke ideologies about transgenderism.”

You won’t mollify agenda-driven politicians and media after a tragedy or goons who get their “news” from Saturday Night Live, The View or Trevor Noah. And sadly, wokeism remains popular in sports, Hollywood, and corporate America — mainly for fear of lawsuits.

The woke also are likely to achieve a greater hold over America’s intolerant universities, as younger faculty are often more radical than older professors. Retirements also could make universities more out of touch with America.

Various versions of woke ideas will also remain influential globally, in part because there is real injustice in the world — like Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and parts of Latin America.

But in the U.S. at least, with our massive wealth and comfort, wokeism already hit its zenith.

Does the octogenarian in the White House know this or will he instead and listen to his Gen Z granddaughters? Even his old boss has decried woke culture.


A.J. Kaufman
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A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.