'Woke Supremacy' Definition as Sen. Tim Scott Uses Phrase to Rail Against Cancel Culture

Republican South Carolina senator Tim Scott has hit out at criticism that his party is using him as a prop because he is Black by suggesting such remarks are an example of "woke supremacy."

Scott, the GOP's only Black senator, used the term while responding to comments from MSNBC's Joy Reid, who suggested Scott was only in attendance at a press conference opposing a minimum wage increase to create a "patina of diversity" within the party.

Speaking to Fox News host Trey Gowdy, Scott said that "woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy. We need to take that seriously." And he urged people to read Bible verse Matthew 5:44, which teaches about loving one's enemies.

The term "woke" originally meant to be aware of certain racial and social injustices, but is increasingly used as a byword for social awareness, according to Merriam-Webster.

Its use expanded in the U.S. as the Black Lives Matter movement became more widespread following prominent cases of Black people being killed by police.

In recent times, the meaning of the phrase has been somewhat distorted, with a number of conservative figures tying it in with political correctness and "cancel culture."

The latest outrage against "cancel culture" which conservatives used as an example of the Left and "wokeness" going too far was the decision to stop the publication of six books by Dr.Seuss—which was made by a company founded by the author's own family—because they contained racist and offensive racist imagery.

According to a listing on Urban Dictionary, "woke supremacy" is the belief that woke people are "superior to those of all other races, especially the black race" and should "therefore dominate society."

"They also are a branch of Neo-Marxism, communism, Democratic Socialism, fascism."

The entry said woke supremacists are also trying to find a "final solution"—a term used by the Nazis in their plans to eradicate the Jews—to try and "seek to destroy culture, while wishing to eradicate all that are non-woke descent."

The definition also described woke supremacy as being defined by "the power to name and shame, to demand abject apologies, to obliterate reputations and careers as well as lives."

Scott's use of the phrase "woke supremacy" arrives as conservatives attempt to suggest that the far-right is not a big of a threat as has been made out.

That is despite extremists storming the Capitol on January 6 and the Department of Homeland Security stating on October 2020 that white supremacy has been the "most persistent and lethal threat" facing the country for the past few years.

CNN's Don Lemon criticized Scott for attempting to suggest woke supremacy is as big an issue as white supremacy.

"I've never seen a woke supremacist lynching anybody," Lemon said during a monologue on Wednesday night.

"I never saw a woke supremacist denying anybody access to housing or job or education or voting rights."

Becoming more exasperated by Scott's claim, Lemon added: "I didn't see woke supremacists storming the Capitol.

"Where were the woke supremacists attacking police, where were the woke supremacists hunting police officers in the halls of the Capitol and beating them with Blue Lives Matter signs with white supremacists insignia on their shirts."

Lemon went on the claim that Scott was "gaslighting people" with his remarks about white supremacy.

"You are giving people misinformation. What are you doing, brother? What are you doing?"

Scott has been contacted for comment.

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U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) questions the witnesses, who were appearing remotely, during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on COVID-19 May 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C Bonnie Cash-Pool//Getty Images