Where in the hell did this BS originate?
being politically aware of societal racism (being awoke to it) and the recognition of the need to navigate around obstacles constantly placed it the path of Black people and other POCs/LGBTQ+. Thus, woke.
Magats eventually got wind of it and turned it into a pejorative to use against any program, issue, proposal, legislative bill, movement etc. that has empathy towards the less fortunate in society. As was said, a sly way to be racist without being blatant about it.
know of it's origin but know what it means when they hear it.
As with most slang words, when it jumps to the mainstream culture it's dropped by the sub-culture it originated in, and fast in this case as it has been turned into a negative by the extreme right.
but most people do not understand the true meaning. Moronic Americans are sheep. I have zero sympathy for their purposeful ignorance.