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A “Woke” Dictionary: A Guide to How The Left Uses “Racist,” “Racism,” and “Equity” to Divide Americans

AMAC Exclusive by Joshua Charles

racistWith the radical left rapidly redefining the commonly understood meaning of words from “infrastructure” to “citizen,” it can be hard to keep up with the dizzying array of lingo, jargon, and dogma that is needed to understand what the heck Democrats are talking about these days.

It is getting to the point where conservatives need a new dictionary to translate the left’s “woke” talkback into plain English.

To help AMAC readers navigate this brave new world with confidence, we will be bringing you occasional updates on what common words now mean when used by leftists.

The first three entries in the “woke” dictionary? “Racist,” “Racism,” and “Equity.” These words are everywhere in our modern political discourse. But they don’t mean what they used to–at least not to those on the left. Understanding what these terms mean to the “woke” is key to understanding their rhetoric and ideas. `


Ibram X. Kendi is an often-interviewed professor who is widely considered to be one of the “scholarly” voices behind “Woke” ideas about race, “systemic racism,” and “Critical Race Theory.” His bestselling 2019 book, How to be an Antiracist, reveals a great deal about modern leftism.

At the beginning of that book, he provides the following definition of “racist”:

One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea.

At first glance, it may seem that even some conservatives could sign up for most of this definition.  But one detail to notice is that one can now be deemed a “racist” for inaction as well as action. It’s not just about how you view others and what you believe in your heart–it’s about what you do, and even what you don’t do–a radical redefinition of how Americans have traditionally defined “racists”. This suggests that one can be “racist” without having any bigoted thoughts or ideas whatsoever—and sure enough, that’s what people like Kendi assert. Anyone who does not actively espouse their radical political agenda can now be termed a racist.


From this definition of “racist,” Kendi goes on to provide this definition of “racism”:

Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities. [Emphasis added]

The first thing to notice about this definition is that, just as in the case above, “racism” is no longer the internal bigotry of an individual but is itself connected to certain policies, which Kendi claims are behind what he calls “racial inequities.” We’ll get to his concept of inequity in a moment because it is the central concept of the entire “Antiracist” movement. Kendi himself sheds a great deal of light on what he means by “racism” in this remarkable statement:

The most threatening racist movement is not the alt right’s unlikely drive for a White ethnostate but the regular American’s drive for a “race-neutral” one. The construct of race neutrality actually feeds White nationalist victimhood by positing the notion that any policy protecting or advancing non-White Americans toward equity is “reverse discrimination.”

In other words, Kendi believes that being “race-neutral” is itself an example of “racism.” This shows that the word “racism” no longer means what it did in the past. It doesn’t just mean the racial bigotry, animus, and discrimination that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe to be truly awful and indeed sinful. It’s a new definition of “racism” that is fundamentally linked to a concept Kendi and others call “equity.”

So what exactly do they mean by the word “equity”?


“Woke” ideology depends on this all-important idea of “equity,” so it is important to understand what they mean by it.

Kendi provides the following definition of “racial inequity”—with examples—in How to Be an Antiracist:

Racial inequity is when two or more racial groups are not standing on approximately equal footing. Here’s an example of racial inequity: 71 percent of White families lived in owner-occupied homes in 2014, compared to 45 percent of Latinx families and 41 percent of Black families. Racial equity is when two or more racial groups are standing on a relatively equal footing. An example of racial equity would be if there were relatively equitable percentages of all three racial groups living in owner-occupied homes in the forties, seventies, or, better, nineties. [Emphasis added]

In other words, “equity” is not equality understood in the traditional sense of equality of opportunity–it now means equality of result. Kendi claims any result in which racial groups are not “relatively equal” statistically speaking is by nature an example of racist “inequity.” His and every “antiracist’s” task is to ensure that all racial groups are perfectly equal in every statistical measure. Anything less is “racial inequity.”

This idea of “equity” as essential equality of result or outcome was confirmed by no less than then-Senator Kamala Harris just days before the 2020 election when, in a video, she said the following:

So, there’s a big difference between equality and equity. Equality suggests, “Oh, everyone should get the same amount.” The problem with that: Not everybody’s starting out from the same place. So, if we’re all getting the same amount, but you started out back there, and I started out over here, we could get the same amount, but you’re still going to be that far back behind me. It’s about giving people the resources and the support they need so that everyone can be on equal footing and then compete on equal footing. Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place. [Emphasis added]

While Vice President Harris pays lip service to equality of opportunity, by the end, she shows us what she really means: “we all end up at the same place.”

Thus the true nature of this ideology is revealed: so long as they control the levers of power, they will not stop until “we all end up at the same place.”

It’s no coincidence that the left’s redefinition of such commonly understood words always ends up requiring more power for them. Indeed, that’s the whole point. If these ideas sound a lot like communism to you, well, you wouldn’t be wrong.

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2 months ago

So the credit union I work for has a mandatory “all employee” training day on Columbus Day. We were given a book “emotional intelligence 2.0” book to read and take a test. It amazes me how the CU has become so impersonal to our members and employees over the years. I see it every day I see it in some of the young people we hire, not all but some. And what gets me is how well they play the game. They come across as sweet loving and caring only to find out they don’t have a problem with antifa and other organizations. Their thinking is odd and they won’t listen to what you have to say. I’m guessing that is the direction the CU is going in as well…. Very sad world we live in right now.. Please Vote Republican in November!! Godspeed ????

1 year ago

They need to focus on putting in their fair share of hard work. If they spent as much time working to get ahead as they did trying to steal what they want from the hard workers, they could be equally compensated and would appreciate what they earned.

Barbara Stricker
1 year ago

Total insanity…confuse the masses.. Hate. Hate. Hate

Word of Reason
1 year ago

Under the Leftists the only equal thing will be equal misery for the masses.

3 months ago
Reply to  Word of Reason

exactly, that’s how communism works. Get the power by pitting parts of society against each other. Then take control of all property and production by the government and elites leaving the masses in poverty.

1 year ago

The liberal leaders want us all to share in misery while they skip off and do what they want, when they want, and have what they want. Dems poor leadership!!! Scary people…

David borchert
1 year ago

Based on the idea of racial equity whatever percentage of white people wear MAGA hats the same percentage of minority people should also be wearing MAGA hats.

Ralph Bazil
1 year ago

His definition of racist violates a prime rule for definitions: You can NOT use the word you are defining in the definition! This leads to circular reasoning. What is a racist, a person who holds a racist idea. What is a racist idea, an idea held by a racist.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ralph Bazil

Shows his mentality, doesn’t it. Sometimes the educated and the ones providing the education aren’t the brightest bulbs in the pack

1 year ago

These are only the Devil’s words. We don’t listen to him.

1 year ago

Pass me by, I will never use the darn thing anyway. I have plenty of dictionaries!

1 year ago
Reply to  Tina

Me too

Stephen Lykins
1 year ago

There will NEVER be what these idiots call “equity” for tthe simple reason that they will NEVER willingly give up THEIR status!

1 year ago

I’ve already commented previously of which AMAC’s administration felt the need to ‘APPROVE my comment or they’ve been hacked. I received an email that my comment had been approved. The link that the notice came from was bogus because I wanted to know why my comment had to be approved. Said link could not be found. So if anyone else has experienced this, I think we need to get a message to them.

1 year ago
Reply to  Judy

I’ve had that happen to me a few times also. Never went back to see if it was actually approved. Just figured if it was Flagged for approval no one would see it anyway

Wilbert C. Jennings Jr
1 year ago

My race has never allowed me any privilege’s that I didn’t qualify for or earn holding down 2.5 jobs a week. My friends of color have been right there with me and do not support fake BLM and their pretend representing Blacks while the convicted Capital bomber holds a position of power in BLM. All lives matter , read the Constitution!!!

Don Graves
1 year ago

Your friends of color need to speak up, rejecting BLM & CRT.

1 year ago
Reply to  Don Graves

They do. Their voices don’t get heard either. What we believe and what the constitution, church and our parents taught us doesn’t fit with what the democrats/Communists have in store for us

1 year ago

Thank you Wilbert you and your friends are as wise as the rest of us hard working individuals

Walter Epperson
1 year ago

Barely disguised socialism leading to communism. There are too many people who think that I owe them a comfortable life when they will not work for it. I came out of the public educational institutions as did nearly everyone I know. I worked to put myself into a position to have a decent life and living. It is not my fault that someone squanders the time in school we all had not to get an education. They are reaping what they have sown and that is just too bad! We in the United States have the right to the pursuit of happiness. It up up to each of us to pursue and capture it for ourselves.

Pete M.
1 year ago

It is nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights that every American should be guaranteed equality of outcomes, just equality of opportunity. I don’t think there’s another nation on the planet that offers that, but we should send these woke folks packing and on their way to let them find it somewhere else!

Joe Vause
1 year ago

This equality/equity talk is merely lip service to the masses, reparations to the “under privileged “ and “white guilt” on those easily swayed by the idea that being “given” something equates “earning” it. The Government is heading towards a Socialist/Communistic form of governing to provide the “dependency equity” upon everyone.

The only real equity we can guarantee is that found on judgement day, everyone judged on equal footing!

1 year ago

Pretty much, the only racists I know are black ~ they hate jews, whites, asians and each other, so I don’t feel real bad staying away from their bs.

Theresa Coughlin
1 year ago

they expect us to all “end up in the same place” all right EQUALLY MISERABLE!

1 year ago

The median household income is $61,000 approx. Kamala Harris expects “we all end up at the same place” financially. Do you think LeBron James would work for $61,000/year?

1 year ago
Reply to  Kent

under socialism/communism he has no choice. ask cuban athletes!

1 year ago
Reply to  Kent

Under socialism, that median income level would drop substantially. As everyone’s income is forced downward to achieve the supposed “equality of outcome” or “universal equity of society”, income levels would necessarily have to plunge to a small fraction of that $61,000 number. Look at the what the pre-socialist median incomes were in countries before socialism was adopted and then take a look at what they were just 5 or 10 years after. Universal grinding poverty and misery means having nothing but the few crumbs the government occasionally provides its citizens.

Jack Thomas
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Winston Churchill said it best in two noteworthy quotes that Americans need to keep in mind:

“There are two places only where socialism will work; in heaven where it is not needed, and in hell where they already have it.”

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its
inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

1 year ago

So sick of this racism garbage. In what is one of the greatest countries in the world the opportunity for ANYONE to succeed are without limit. Why do we think that people storming our shores want in here? Unfortunately due to the Dem/Socialist agenda that “dream” is coming to an end. Anyone that calls me a racist without knowing me personally is themselves a racist. Just more propaganda from the socialist/Marxist camp.

1 year ago
Reply to  Rich

when some one calls you a racist, admit it. I DO! i am a proud racist! AN AMERICAN RACIST! i am for AMERICA! or you can challenge them to prove it. not just keep quiet and accept their STUPIDITY!.

Don Graves
1 year ago

Challenge them for a definition, and how that relates to you

1 year ago

The democrats use this phoney narrative to destroy America. Republicans on the whole are the least rascist. With socialism we will all be dirt poor standing in line for toilet paper and white bread!!! But that is only if we conservatives are not killed by the wicked elites on the left(Soros, Gates, Obama, Biden, Hillary, Zuckerberg, Dorsey, etc.)

1 year ago
Reply to  fools

I would rather they kill me than have to live by their anarchist ideology. I will live for Jesus Christ my Savior and Lord not for Satan and his regime

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