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re: I'm guessing "woke" is your personal addition to the story.
Posted by: BruceinIthaca 07:41 pm EST 01/22/22
In reply to: re: I'm guessing "woke" is your personal addition to the story. - pecansforall 06:49 pm EST 01/22/22

"Woke" (with or without scare quotes) seems in recent years to have been co-opted from those on the left (i.e. people involved in identity politics, social justice, voting rights) to describe their own processes of learning to be anti-racist, anti-homophobia, etc., by some on the right who use it (especially in quotation marks) to denigrate such commitments as either empty, unnecessary, or inauthentic. Based on your posts in this thread, I will certainly assume you had no intention to imply that the proposed production of "Ain't Misbehavin'" is any of those things, so I'm writing this mainly to fill in why some people might regard "woke" as a kind of dog whistle, and are therefore calling it out. Language usage does change and it is not easy to keep up with the shifts in nuance and "meaning" from moment to moment. My two cents about the production is that, while I have enjoyed every production of it I have seen (including a bus and truck that stopped at Kearney State College in the mid-80s and probably increased the Black population of that town by 500% for that night!), I have always wanted something else from it--not in place of the great music, typically amazing performances, and fun staging--but more of a context for the songs and for the kind of entertainment they represented when they were first introduced. I'm sure my students in Kearney would have profited from such a production--I know I would have. The nice thing about a revue like AB is that it is more easy to adapt to different times. This seems like a case where it could be interesting and deepening.
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