Woke Twitter is something to pay attention to. They blew the whistle on racist remarks made by Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart, and Justin van Vuuren this past weekend, but what is Woke Twitter?
The term being “woke” means to be socially and politically aware, to see the real issues. The term was created along with global movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #RhodesMustFall. The collective mobilizes through Twitter and operates as a faceless collective that challenges the traditionally constant narratives by using screenshots of offensive social posts, making hashtags that become trending, and developing memes to bring social awareness. But it’s not just about race, the group challenges sex and gender stereotypes along with many more. The resonate a clear message, reject the narrative of the country as a Rainbow Nation and believe drastic action needs to be taken against those who block true growth.
The movement is driven by twitactivists, and they have caused real world effects including public outrage and loss of jobs. One twitter user reports being frightened after receiving threatening phone calls that were related to a post her mother made on Facebook. Some say that this is taking activism too far because they are now infringing on someone else’s rights, but Brenda Wardle, legal analyst, says that it’s perfectly fine. Once the off-color remarks were made, they infringed on someone else’s rights which means it’s ok to act against that.
Weather that is true or not has yet to be proven, but with the momentum this cause is gaining, it’s only a matter of time before we see similar cases in a court of law. Until then, Brenda Wardle continues to stand by the movement, and with her experience and expertise, it’s sure that others will surly join her. As the Chief Operations Officer for Wardle College of Law since 2009, she knows the legal business.
Wardle has openly spoken on other social issues including the current issues with the Oscars. She is up front when it comes to politically and socially motivated events and hopes to see a change in the right direction in the near future.
Brenda Wardle has recently written a novel about the Oscar Pistorius Trial
Watch Brenda Wardle discuss the Oscar Pistorius Trial: