Is there such a thing as being too “woke”? It’s a provocative question, and one that I’ve been mulling for a couple of months now. (An excellent article on this topic that appeared last year in The Grio: Five Signs You May Be Taking Woke Too Far.)
I fully support the right of Free Speech, and one of the most significant things about social media is that it has provided a widely-available platform for anyone, from any background, to state their views to a worldwide audience. However, attempting to educate other people while sitting behind your keyboard from the comfort of your own home isn’t exactly a revolutionary or life-changing act of courage.
I refer to people like this as “Keyboard Warriors”: they enjoy talking a good game online, typing out their opinions and then sitting back to bask in the glow of all the “likes” and “Amen” comments that follow from their online friends. Unfortunately, taking up permanent residence in that kind of vanity-steeped echo chamber doesn’t allow much room for personal growth, for the “warrior” or the audience they’re trying to sway.
So, a few words of unsolicited advice to all of the “keyboard warriors” out there: if you really want to make a difference in the world, step away from the computer once in awhile, put down your smartphone, and take an active, meaningful role in the REAL world if you want to effect positive change. Join a grassroots group near you that advocates for issues you care about, and back up your words with action. Don’t just post photos of your “I Voted!” sticker once a year–get out there and volunteer for the candidates you admire, participate in phone banks or door-to-door canvassing, and engage in whatever Get Out the Vote efforts are happening in your area.
There are many ways to make your voice heard, but remember: Actions Speak Louder Than Words. If you really want people to wake up and listen and see things your way, then get out there and DO something about it.