Critical theory roots are from post WW1 Germany:
“What do I mean when I say that wokeness is “critical social justice?” What I mean is that it goes beyond the social justice equation by adding in the explicit incorporation and weaponization of what’s known as “Critical Theory.”
Critical Theory came out of the Frankfurt School, which was founded in Germany after World War I, but its scholars eventually immigrated to the United States and took up residence at Columbia University.
Critical Theory is explicitly Marxist in its origination and roots, and like Marx, divides the world into categories of “oppressor” and “oppressed.” But the Frankfurt School sought to translate Marx’s economic project into a much broader, all-encompassing social critique.
In a succinct and helpful summary, Wikipedia explains that “Critical Theory (capitalized) is a school of thought practiced by the Frankfurt School theoreticians Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Erich Fromm, and Max Horkheimer. Horkheimer described a theory as critical insofar as it seeks ‘to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.’”
In other words, Critical Theory is all about finding, revealing, critiquing, and ultimately dismantling hidden “power structures” across all of society.
Just what might these oppressive power structures be? Primarily God, religion, the family, traditional values, sexual morality, free market economics, and even — as we see today in the transgender movement — the biological reality of the sex binary.”
woke is diabolical so it evolves the only common denominator is that the outcome is disastrous and ends in violence