She couldn’t define ‘woke,’ yet she claims it's destroying America. Newsweek rewarded her with an entire op-ed.

Whitney Alese
ZORA
Published in
5 min readMar 20, 2023

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Bethany Mandel

Bethany Mandel sputtered and stalled. When asked by journalist Briahna Joy Gray to define what the word “woke” meant, Mandel, in a viral clip, seemed to struggle to define the word. A word she wrote an entire chapter on in her book, Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a

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Whitney Alese
ZORA

Whitney Alese is an award winning writer & creator featured in WIRED Magazine, I-D Magazine, NBC, & Chalkboard Magazine.