Denouncing Wokism: A Moral Panic?

TO ANALYSE – Editorial writers and left-wing intellectuals hammer it on the airwaves: the phenomenon does not exist, it is a reactionary fantasy.

Unlike “iel”, it did not have the honors of the Le Robert dictionary: “wokism” is nevertheless omnipresent in the media. This term is derived from the woke movement, born in the United States, which designates a new generation of activists hypersensitive to discrimination, follower of the theory of race and gender and practicing a cultural heritage and historical purge in the name of ideology. In France, it is not claimed by any political figure, apart from the ex-sarkozyste Rama Yade and the ecologist Sandrine Rousseau, whom we will agree that they weigh little in the French political spectrum.

So, are we doing too much with wokism? It’s a little music in the air. Editorial writers and left-wing intellectuals hammer it on the airwaves: the phenomenon does not exist, it is a reactionary fantasy. Thus, for Thomas Legrand, of France Inter, the battle around the “iel” illustrates “The fascination of conservative circles for the all-out cultural struggle”.

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