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29.04.2018 (84 days ago)
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"Identity Politics"
by cosmicrat ·
29-April-2018, 11:16 am

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/4/24/1759480/-Cartoon-Identity-politics?detail=emaildkre

"Once upon a time, “identity politics” was a phrase heard occasionally in the halls of academia (at least, for those of us who were social science majors), typically in discussion of nationalist movements or other phenomena outside of day-to-day US political debate. Now, thanks largely to right-wing media, it has become a noxious catchphrase that lumps together all social justice movements — the fight for civil rights, equality for women, same-sex marriage, immigrant rights, to name just a few — into a belittling abstraction that makes these great historical movements sound frivolous. "

The kind of "identity politics" that needs to be eliminated is white nationalism.  Recently I saw a post that said "I'm proud to be white".  I asked him "What, exactly did you do to MAKE yourself white?"

Oddly enough, he couldn't think of an answer.

-cosmicrat April 29 2018

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  •  SecretCorners: 
     

    The kind of "identity politics" that needs to be eliminated is white nationalism.  Recently I saw a post that said "I'm proud to be white".  I asked him "What, exactly did you do to MAKE yourself white?"

    Oddly enough, he couldn't think of an answer.

    Now, the next time you hear a Black person make the statement that they are proud to be Black, ask them the same question.

     
     83 days ago·1 replies1 replies 
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    •  SecretCorners: 
       

      LOL, see, this is exactly what identity politics is about.

       
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  •  viccles2004: 
     

    I wish there wasn't this constant labeling of people. That they have to belong to one camp or another, that there is no middle ground. I hate to turn on the news any more because of the constant barrage of negativity. With social media it seems everyone is so busy trying to be heard that nobody ever listens. I also see a rising of bullying by grown adults who want their views to be accepted and think that by yelling the loudest and crying outrage and being offended they can garner more support for their "camp".

    I think everyone has a right to believe what they want, to have food, shelter, health care, and not be denied the basics needed in this life to survive and to thrive. I do think with every moment, cause, charity, etc. that the original premise gets muddled and lost. I don't know how many times one hears of corruption, greed, lying, and hate that stems from so many of those proposing to forward their views.

    I don't identify myself as really anything. You can put a label on me, my neighbor can put a label on me, but I refuse to wear it. I can support someone or something without having to justify it to anyone. It's easy to be self righteous and think of one as being politically correct, but I try and let common sense and my conscious be my guide.

    Be kind, lend a helping hand, treat each other with respect. Maybe then people can do away with parties and labeling and the constant finger pointing.

     
     84 days ago·1 replies1 replies 
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    •  VeroMariquita: 
       

      Very well said, Vic. I totally agree.

       
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