Thank you for your thoughtful reply. Someone else on another thread shared with me a link about what Critical Race Theory means, shortly after I asked you the question (by chance, as I happened to read another article referencing the subject): https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/
I expect you've come across this article linked above before.
What you are referring to, sounds like an aggressive attack on certain constructive and useful aspects of present-day Western culture, like the freedom to hold and express one's opinion - rightly or wrongly - without losing one's job.
My emerging take on this so far: CRT as originally defined makes sense. Whether everything that may be emerging in the current climate is wise and constructive is a different matter.
An ever present factor: events are reported through social media today, biased in favour of the target audience's preferred beliefs - so both proponents and opponents and neutral folks where CRT is concerned, are likely receiving highly biased stories, further polarising them in their views.
As a non-American who listens to a lot more mainstream media than not, (and very little US sources outside Medium), I'm probably not hearing too many of these stories - esp as I also avoid the UK tabloid press.
I suspect though, there is some overlap in our concerns. I can't say I object to the broad concepts behind CRT. They make sense to me. The concerns I think we share: CRT is a noun not a verb; Western civilisation is founded on many things and white supremacy is not a synonym for all of them; people are people and building better understanding rather than higher walls between subcultures serves us better; to understand each other we need to be willing to listen to each other; we need to be willing to agree to disagree sometimes; we need to be willing to compromise; we need to draw conclusions on evidence; we need to be willing to examine evidence, and not just intuitively work with what 'feels right to us'; in other words we need to be willing to interrogate our own bias. In conclusion a healthy culture will embrace everything I've just listed. And it's a list CRT proponents, neutrals and opponents could agree on.
I'd be happy, if you have time, to hear your own definition of wokeism. As for me, it's a term I don't make a habit of using as I think its meaning has grown so broad and diluted, if I use it, I'm liable to trigger people in an unhelpful and unintended way. Many 'shorthand' words have that effect.