Anti-woke Activists Gain Ground in American Culture War


Conservative activists continue their effort to combat ‘wokeness’ in American schools, with mixed success and substantial impact.

The Anti-‘Wokeness’ Movement

Two years ago, a conservative movement against ‘wokeness’ emerged in American schools, challenging progressive ideologies related to race, gender, and sexuality such as critical race theory, gender theory, and queer theory. This movement, represented by groups like Moms for Liberty, has made strides in countering these theories, primarily in school-board elections.

Election Results and Interpretations

While anti-woke groups claimed electoral victories, analysis from outlets like the Wall Street Journal and The Economist showed a less significant impact. The Moms for Liberty’s endorsed candidates achieved success in about one-third of the elections, indicating some overstatement of their influence. There are differing opinions on the significance of these results.

Impact of the Movement

The influence of the anti-woke movement, regardless of electoral success, is evident in the dismissal of teachers and changes in education policy. Instances like the banning of Advanced Placement courses in African-American studies and psychology in Florida and Arkansas, as well as the alteration of history standards in Florida to present a ‘balanced view’ of slavery, reflect the movement’s broader impact on education policy.

Broader Implications and Future Outlook

While the anti-woke movement may have faced setbacks in school-board elections, its impact on education policy and employment decisions illustrates its enduring influence. The movement’s actions and their implications extend beyond electoral politics to shape the educational landscape in America.