What started as a hashtag in the US quickly became a Twitter movement in South Africa. With the rise of politically charged conversations online, #beforeIwaswoke is a powerful symbol of our changing times. speaks to five women about the turning points in
Compiled by LIBBY ALLEN
In January, woke Twitter was credited for sounding the alarm on racist comments made on social media and demanding that those responsible be challenged publicly. Suddenly, wokeness is everywhere – people are getting woke, staying woke, and telling the world about it. And while woke Twitter isn’t a formal group or movement, it is undoubtedly the agitator of the Twitter that sleeps. Perhaps woke Twitter is the best gauge of our collective mindset right now. But what does it all mean? Being woke is about encouraging critical thinking about the social issues, injustices and expectations we all live with – and the world is waking up.