In defence of 'Woke'

It was quaint, really. That feeling I had in the months after the 2016 presidential election, where I convinced myself I'd do everything possible in the next four years to prevent Donald Trump from becoming normalised.

It was our duty to never stop shouting about his abnormalities, and I believed that this conscientiousness had an unlimited bandwidth. I'd be obstinate and cantankerous. I'd be unflinching. I'd be resolute. The fate of the republic depended on it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2019, with the headline 'In defence of 'Woke''. Print Edition | Subscribe