2021 is the age of wokeism. What we thought was just a passing phenomenon or phase, has turned out to evolve into something dangerous, something that could potentially destroy the social fabric of society.
Enter extreme wokeism and Wake Up Singapore.
To recap, wokeism is defined as:
“Wokeism is weaponised personal grievances masquerading as a genuine social concern. It’s defined by its fraudulent nature, as being distinct from legitimate social grievances. Wokeism only knows outrage — it knows not empathy for victims.”
Now imagine that phenomenon, multiplied by ten. That’s basically the tone and message that Wake Up Singapore has been imposing and perpetuating for the past year, since GE2020.
Perpetuating racial tension?
We previously dissected and analysed WUS’s post on their stance that having personal racial preference = an internalised racism tendency that enables racism. It seems like the useless and fruitless opinions they have surrounding racial issues in Singapore has become a recurring theme across their social media accounts, the most recent one being:
You can find the full Facebook post here. Lately, WUS has resorted to creating content surrounding trending social issues to gain “clout”. Referring to the definition of wokeism that we defined earlier in this article, and also after looking through all the posts on WUS, it is pretty clear that they’re relying on this facade; they come off as an entity that truly cares for, and protects the interests of such issues in Singapore when in fact they are doing the exact opposite.
Many were quick to point that out in the comments, a few users also commented that:
What does this tell us about Wake Up Singapore?
Apart from encouraging call-out culture and acts of cyberbullying, it is evident that Wake Up Singapore loves to highlight “uncomfortable” topics without dissecting or truly understanding the multiple nuances and layers of that particular social issue. The issue of racial preference came into light again when the infamous video of that Ngee Ann Polytechnic lecturer surfaced. In the video, clear themes of racism and racial preference fuelled by racism was highlighted through the exchange between the interracial couple and the lecturer.
It is important to note that what the interracial couple went through in the video is a blatant and clear act of racism. However, to insinuate and use such experiences and social issues to get outraged and triggered by the smallest, most minor thing you see online is just bordering on toxic, not to mention highly divisive.
Seeing how the nature of WUS posts on their page are always factless, baseless and more often posted without any kind of fact-checking done, it is social outrage, done for the sake of social outrage.
WUS never seeks to correct an error, and they rarely criticize the more dangerous elements of society that lead to those errors. Outrage for the sake of outrage wants to inflict pain, not acquire justice.
With racial tensions and issues in the hot seat more than ever, structured and constructive conversations surrounding racism should be done. Simply posting a spineless and non-contextual post for the sake of online debate and division isn’t something that should be condoned or supported.
We don’t think WUS understands how dangerous it is to be at the forefront of such a toxic movement and the power they hold in shaping behaviours and mindsets. They owe it to SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that their 115k followers on Instagram don’t succumb to such ideals. Educate and seek for justice, don’t instigate unnecessary anger and fruitless debate that will end up dividing instead of uniting society.
Wake Up Singapore, maybe it’s time YOU wake up.