Barbara Lee Defines Being “Woke” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you look up “woke” in the dictionary, you will see Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). No, seriously. The latest edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of "woke" includes a quote from the Congresswoman as the example of how to use the word in a sentence. The online dictionary defines woke as "aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)." The entry cites a passage from a June Essence magazine article by Lee. "But we will only succeed if we reject the growing pressure to retreat into cynicism and hopelessness. ... We have a moral obligation to 'stay woke,' take a stand and be active; challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises." See it here.

Brenda Arredondo