Hypothesis 1: the scale of the problem of “wokeness” will tend to increase in someone’s perception according to how much time that person spends online (especially on FAANG holdings and consuming journalism).
Hypothesis 2: the scale of the problem of “wokeness” will tend to decrease in someone’s perception according to how much time that person spends in friendly or familial contact with non-Asian minorities and/or working-class/lower-class whites.
I put “wokeness” in scare quotes because it’s a rather abused term (at least in the places I’ve seen it lately), and could refer to anything from “acknowledging that many black people experience unfair treatment at the hands of police” to “insisting that white people are racially inferior and should be retributively shamed or worse”.
(For example, I occasionally listen to an R&B radio station, which features a show where a group of DJs — from their voices, all of them are clearly black or part-black — talk to each other very casually. I’ve come across this show while scanning for music to listen to, and out of curiosity I’ve sometimes stayed as long as a couple minutes. The other day while they were chatting, they used the term “woke” in passing, to refer very generally to feeling socially conscious, proud to be black, etc. The term did not seem to imply anything necessarily about policy preferences or how white people should be treated. Contrast this with a place like DSL, where the most hardcore Critical Race Theory connotations of the term are usually implied.)
So when I say “the problem of wokeness” I’m mainly referring to encroachment of the most hardcore versions of that concept into everyday life.
And my overall point here is that I think most of the people talking about wokeness as a huge problem are basing their statements on a simplified and distorted view of what wokeness is. From my standpoint it is a sometimes annoying, but mostly harmless and faddish set of concepts that don’t typically survive real-life interpersonal contact between individuals from different racial groups, despite whatever latest outrageous incident is making its rounds on one’s website of choice.