Woke work is a dual-edged sword.
And being Black while doing any aspect of social justice, can be tiring–but it is necessary! It is essential that we as minority people ‘stay in the way’ as it relates to matters of race, class, and any type of social reform.
This work is essential, and dovetails into what Coretta Scott King said about freedom being won in every generation. Until those at the top relinquish power–and that power is often taken by force!–there will always be work to do! There will always be a space to break into, a voice to amplify, and a reason to keep watch over the weak and invisible!
Sometimes, honestly, this work is hard.
Sometimes, this work is thankless.
Sometimes, this work has slow rewards.
Sometimes, the only thing you can do is fight!
When you decide to do woke work aka being a Social Justice Warrior, you are part of the Avengers who are in the iconic scene in Avengers: Endgame! You have been called in to fight against Thanos, and all the powers of darkness sent from the Dark 9 Realms to stop all progress, justice, equality and fairness. You are an Avenger! You have to fight! Why? It is the right thing to do.
It is right to help protect the weak and vulernable!
It is right to protect children and those who cannot fend for themselves!
It is right to protect and preserve the land we and others live on!
It is right to do the work of making the world better–Alice Walker said that activism is the rent you pay for living on this planet. So, pay your rent.
We fight, because we cannot afford to die.