There have been some attempts at quantifying just how “woke” some states are, cf. the map above. At Zippia Kathy Morris explains:
It’s 2021 and every other Gen Zer is calling themselves woke. What does it mean to be woke?
Being an old Millennial, I googled to find out. Merriam-Webster defines it as, “ aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of justice).” That’s nice.
However, Urban Dictionary adds it’s a “pretentious” and “deluded” awareness. That’s less nice.
We set out to find the most woke states- and the states where it still means getting up in the morning.
Based on her analysis the most “woke” states are:
- New York
I think she’s measuring something but I’m not sure what it is. That is very nearly a list of the whitest states. Maybe the least black states?
IMO the degree of wokeness is extremely variable within states, from extremely “woke” places, e.g. Evanston just a few miles north of me, to place which aren’t very “woke” at all, e.g. say Rockport, Illinois on the west side of the state.