The self-styled "woke," whether they know it by name or not, are believers in critical race theory. It's an insidious philosophy picking up (even more) steam and spreading, virus-like, in America. To borrow a Jordan Peterson phrase, it's an "unsupported ideologically predicated theory" inspired by cultural Marxism. Ideologies, generally, are simple ideas, disguised as science or philosophy, that purport to explain the complexity of the world and offer remedies that will perfect it. Ideologues are people who pretend they know how to "make the world a better place" before they've taken care of their own chaos within[.] ... Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence. (source: Norman Doidge)
Critical race theory sees skin color first and foremost. From Victor Davis Hanson:
The '60s protests were for racial assimilation and integration to reify Martin Luther King Jr.'s agenda of making race incidental, not essential, to the American mindset. Not so with today's cultural revolution. It seeks to ensure that racial difference is the foundation of American life, dividing the country between supposed non-white victims and purported white victimizers, past and present.
Woke-ism is cult-like. Its adherents are the product of a half-century of successful communist propaganda and ideological subversion campaigns plus decades of anti-America-, anti-white-themed indoctrination in our cultural and educational institutions. Woke-ist jargon is ever-growing, and the woke's gospel is currently a bestseller written, ironically, by an "American capitalist marketing genius."