The Woke Chokehold

Image credit: “Taking a Knee” by risingthermals on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

We can ban police chokeholds in all 50 states—but the pervasive chokehold in America today is the “woke chokehold.” A majority of Americans feel frozen by fear—and are metaphorically choking—overwhelmed by a sense of powerlessness. 62 percent of Americans are afraid to speak their minds, according to a new CATO poll.

America’s largest police departments—Los Angeles in 1982, New York in 1993, Chicago in 2012, and Minneapolis in 2020— have banned the use of chokeholds by officers. Crime, however, is soaring in these cities. For example, even as the radical Minneapolis City Council works to eliminate police, robberies are up 37%.

A chokehold is used to generate submission. We must acknowledge that while the “woke” crowd bars police from utilizing the chokehold as a tactical maneuver, they do everything possible to jolt you and me with crushing fear—resulting in our silence and capitulation. 

Whips, Not Words = Woke

What does “woke” mean? Woke is technically the past participle for the word “wake.” In American slang, however, woke means an a “awareness” of significant issues related to social justice and race. 

“Whips, not words, equals woke” is a more accurate definition. Because—even as you read this article—individual citizens, priests, pastors, small businesses, large businesses and non-profits are being bludgeoned into submission by the woke patrol. 

Whips can be literal—like arson and graffiti on houses of worship. Or political—like California Gov. Newsom’s ban on public worship, even while social distancing. Very often, the “whips” employed by America’s woke patrol are censorship by social media and search engines.

“So long as men can speak and write freely, so long as there is no censorship, they still have a chance to reform their society or to put it on a better road,” author/philosopher Ayn Rand once responded when asked whether it was time for authors, artists and intellectuals to withdraw their talents from society. 

Sometimes it feels like we’re there—at a place of total censorship. We’re not. Yet.

Americans are fighting back against the whips of defamation and censorship, winning landmark victories that demonstrate to the woke crowd that there is a hefty price to pay for attacking free speech. For example, attorney L. Lin Wood recently won a $250 million defamation suit against the Washington Post for slandering pro-life Trump supporter, Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann.

Wood is now representing Dr. Simone Gold—an emergency physician who lost her job after a video she spearheaded received 14 million views in which she and other doctors spoke positively about hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. The video was censored on Twitter, YouTube, Google and Facebook.  

Rules of Woke:

It’s crucial to understand what “woke” means in practice—so that you can decide whether you truly want America to go to the woke side. 

  • If you’re white, you must disown your whiteness and the whiteness of all other white people – without admitting the truth that God loves diversity so much that He created humans of many different colors, including white. (Woke is a secular movement without room for God, equality, or brotherly and sisterly love.)
  • Put up a sign that says “All Are Welcome Here” or “Black Lives Matter.” (Don’t worry, everyone will interpret these signs to mean that Christians, capitalists, heterosexual men and Trump supporters are not welcome and do not matter.) 
  • Wear a mask at all times. Bonus points for goggles. The idea is to look like a bank robber about to dive into a pool. Ignore any medical research to the contrary.
  • Call people names instead of engaging them in real dialogue. Better yet, seize their gun—especially if they exercise their 2nd Amendment right and peacefully defend their private property against violent protesters (think Mark and Patricia McCloskey). 
  • Believe everything CNN and MSNBC report. Love everything you see on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The media loves you—and will never censor, slander or lie. 
  • Violence is acceptable to the woke crowd if it advances socialism in America. C’mon, as AOC implies, criminals are actually nice people who happen to be hungry and looking for a loaf of bread.

Think for Yourself

Life is inherently risky. With so many studies that question the efficacy of government mandated orders—from mask mandates to lockdowns—we must empower ourselves and each other to question the media and to question politicians such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein who have been in politics for over four decadeswith nothing to show for their “leadership.” 

Question, also, new political faces like Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar whose political career is steeped in scandal—and who has told us that she considers the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack on American soil in which 2,977 people died and over 6,000 were injured to be an ordinary day when “some people did something.” 

Personal freedom is the ultimate solution to our woes. We must trust ourselves and our fellow Americans to be responsible and make better choices than bureaucrats motivated by power and profit.

Keep hope. Remember that a Silent Majority of Americans do not believe in socialism or censorship. The woke chokehold is futile without our fear.

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  1. JOHN MACKIN says:

    The term “whiteness,” to me, is racist because those who use it seem to be attributing past acts of bad behavior by “some” to the color of the present generation and probably future generations. Does it matter that I am offended?
    I am hearing that they are starting to teach/preach this “wokeness” in grammar schools. Let’s wake up and stop that BS.

  2. Ed Stranc Jr. says:

    You hit the nail on the head, again. Great commentary. How about an article about what social justice means? I have asked many people the definition and I have never received the same answer twice.

  3. Marty Brown says:

    As I scroll through my Facebook, Twitter and email I always find extra time to read your posts.

    I just posted on my fb page about homes that fly our American flag and encouraged others to post their flags as well. Tell your readers to do the same.

    Having Uncles and Aunts who have served, I know our vets need to know we stand for one flag for which they served.

  4. Tim says:

    As always Katie, I enjoy your writing. I always look forward to reading your articles. I am so weary and angry of the woke (I hate that word) Garbage. I have not worn and will not wear a mask. I politely leave if asked to wear one. I’ve decided that it doesn’t give God a black eye if I stand my ground on my Christian conviction thanks to Pastor MacArthur. And I like people of all races. I’ve decided to be proud of being white, not dominantly proud but proud as all Americans.

  5. Rob Mochwart says:

    Key words (although the whole piece is great Katie) “Think for yourself” love it. No one does.

    As Rand put it so well “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

    Would love to see an article or two on your perspective on the economy

  6. Margo Franco says:

    Your posts are great; like this one, it educates as well as gives hope.
    Keep up the good work, Katie!

  7. Rick says:

    Thanks for the eye-opening column … you’re like a Sherpa, a guide and interpreter leading readers through the “woke” world of the totalitarian Left.

    America is hopefully on the verge of a new renaissance, a return to objective self-evident truths and virtues.

    As an appeal to Heaven, I pray Americans have awoken to the “woke” Left and will vote accordingly this November.


  8. Terry Kori says:

    Thanks, Katie, for yet another well-considered and spot-on commentary. The great challenge in dealing with “screamers” is that one can only stay quiet or scream back, neither option being palatable to most of us.

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