Remember all those years ago when I said the whole 'woke this' and 'cancel culture that' were a waste of time because the press isn't running with the terminology? Well professional Catholic apologist Mark Shea demonstrated better than I can why those who would resist the Leftwing juggernaut would do well to find a different approach than running about yelling 'Woke!':
Yep. Jesus was woke don't you know. The ultimate woke. - the Resurrection! Therefore anything accused of being woke is Jesus? I know, it's borderline blaspheme from one who once said he used to confuse American Conservatism with Christianity. Glad he's learned his lesson.
Nonetheless, there is some truth to what he says. If I'm not mistaken, that's where the term came from. It was usually white liberals of sufficient means suddenly realizing that a wide array of their demographic identifiers were, in fact, of the Nazis. Whether it was liberal men realizing the inherent worthlessness and sexist evil of all men, or liberal whites realizing that the white race is a pox upon humanity, or white 'conservatives' seeing the light of the all saving gospel of liberalism, it meant they 'woke up' to the truth that really saves. That is, everyone else in their respective demographics are reprobates who simply aren't as righteous and holy as I am because they haven't realized how reprehensive their respective demographic really is.
Conservatives ran with that idea, using the word 'woke' the way that liberals use the word 'white' today - exclusively as a negative. The problem, again, is that the press isn't in on it. Somehow, after only a decade ago when many were planning funerals for the press due to the Internet and Social Media, the press is alive and well and wielding more power than ever before.
Therefore, if you want to speak of the great 2021 Asian Holocaust, you can and, more than that, you can influence society, silence dissension, and punish wrong-thinkers. If you want to scream #MeToo or White Privilege, you'll be heard from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It will become more sacred than the KJV to a Baptist fundamentalist. In a few months, you may have the international community and some popes I know jumping on board. It doesn't have to be true. The press is on your side, and that's what matters.
But if you yell Woke, or Cancel Culture, expect to have laughter and giggles at best. So just stop. Don't keep doing what isn't working. Instead, just say to someone on the leftwing something along the lines of 'I understand you believe your superior values should be legislated by the State in order mandate conformity and punish or ban all who offend your morals', or some such. That's all we're really saying when we say woke. We're saying yesterday's liberals are now today's frothing at the mouth fundamentalists. Sure, it's not a pithy little slogan that fits on a button. But when the ones who make the buttons say they won't play your game, you're forced to improvise.