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#Identity Politics

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Accused of Playing "Identity Politics"

Mellini Kantayya | Posted 12.22.2016 | Comedy
Mellini Kantayya

'Shouts of glee' have devolved into 'rants of resentment.' Despite evidence to the contrary, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stands accused of playing ...

The Recent Spate of Anti-'Identity Politics' Hand-Wringing Is Proof That We Need Intersectionality More Than Ever

Michael Darer | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Michael Darer

This Monday, former Daily Show correspondent and current Full Frontal host and firebrand Samantha Bee addressed the recent backlash among both Democra...

Note to Democrats

Byron Williams | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

I was recently having a conversation with a friend when the topic of the Rolling Stones came up. Though we are of the same generation, he is no longer...

Why Hillary Clinton Lost

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton’s top aides would like the world to know they are morally superior to Donald Trump and his staff, who ran an ugly campaign courting ...

Identity Politics And Rumors Of Its Death Are Premature

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

While I agree that people seeking national or statewide office must have a vision that will address and resonate with all constituencies, it is a misconception that identity politics is defeated or repudiated by this last election.

Democrats Have Themselves To Blame -- So, Where Do We Go From Here?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.27.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There is a new majority coalition in this country -- of minorities, women, immigrants, the young, LGBTQ people. It just didn't totally come together in 2016 because of all the dirty tricks.

The Whiteness Of A Liberal In The Age Of Trump

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

The proper reaction to Trump's victory is not to fight him for the helm of a white America where concerns over race, sexuality, and other issues are banished to the back of the bus, it is to commit to defending the rights of everyone, especially those most threatened by hatred and prejudice.

Right-Wing Identity Politics: Rush Says Hillary Likes Muslims (Them) More than Gun Lovers (You)

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When it comes to ginning up paranoid anger on the right, there is a difference between Rush Limbaugh and the average yahoo on the internet. Rush is mu...

A Feminist's Dream About to Come True?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

I'm not a cockeyed idealist who believes that if we just sit down and talk we will all get along. The Constitution was written to protect all of us against our worst selves. We need those protections, but we also need to call upon the very finest qualities we as human beings have.

Gun Violence Or Identity Politics -- What Will Come Out Of Orlando

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

As a gay person, I went and witnessed and showed solidarity. But as I looked at the police standing watch, fingers on the trigger, I wondered if we should be thinking less about us and our politics than about the good of society as a whole.

Refusing the American Dream

Michael Dwyer | Posted 04.13.2016 | Media
Michael Dwyer

It seems like we are in a wave of stories trying to make sense of the financial crisis and the surrounding moral vacuum.

The Next Sexual Revolution: Why Today's Queer Teens Give Me Hope for the Future

Emily Pothast | Posted 03.30.2017 | Queer Voices
Emily Pothast

The implications of a generation of kids who feel empowered to explore their own identities and desires with openness and self-acceptance rather than repression and self-loathing are nothing short of revolutionary.

Mile-High Identity Politics Redux

Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, LC+ | Posted 02.28.2017 | Religion
Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, LC+

I would argue that progressive politics does not have a religion-shaped hole so much as it insists upon the dignity of every human person, and so rejects religious claims to superiority. After all, the identity politics claims pertaining to race, gender and sexuality is that all races are equal, all genders are equal and all sexual orientations are equal.

On Dolores Huerta and Bernie Sanders

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

I personally don't believe Bernie Sanders will become a stronger candidate unless he begins to treat incidents like the Huerta accusation as an opportunity to affirm and to narrate the individual costs of the structural barriers that his campaign is devoted to dismantling.

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

How I Finally Developed Some National Pride

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Being a Third Culture Kid -- someone who spent her developmental years outside her parents' home countries -- I never got the cultural coding that provides for a sense of nationalism or patriotism.

Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Limits of Social Justice

Athul Acharya | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Athul Acharya

There are no easy answers to these conundrums. The modern politics of identity demands equal and full respect for everyone's self-definition -- but respect is a limited resource.

Divide and Conquer

Bill Schneider | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The new rule in American politics is divide and conquer. That's how Barack Obama got re-elected in 2012. It's how Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker are aiming to win in 2016. You run on issues that define the election as "us" versus "them."

The Ambiguity of Being Latin@

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 05.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Maru Gonzalez

Attempts to construct a simplified, monolithic experience of Latinidad under a banner of pan-ethnicity have proven grossly inadequate, as markers used to homogenize Latin@s--such as language, culture, region and a common history of colonialism and U.S imperialism--are not universal to all Latin@ populations.

What Exactly Do You Mean?

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Loolwa Khazzoom

We frequently ascribe traits to someone (violent, intelligent, cheap, successful), on the basis of something irrelevant to the matter at hand, such as ethnicity, religion, sex, or nationality -- whichever we may take issue with, for reasons of our own ignorance or unprocessed baggage.

A Look at Race as a Social Construct

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

For those of us from the "multiracial" or mixed race community, photos of our population -- our people, our families, our children -- aren't as shocking as they are an affirmation of what we have already known: Race is a social construct.

Braden Goyette

What Jonathan Chait Doesn't Understand About Identity Politics | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media

Race is an absurd illusion with material consequences, a paradox that makes it slippery to discuss. (In the words of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ...

Cinema's Lessons on Race: Beyond 'Black or White'

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment
Kimberly Cooper

I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?

Looks Like Republican Women Aren't Going To Cross Party Lines For Hillary

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

Whether a woman hopes to see a female president depends more on her political affiliation than on her gender, according to a new Pew poll. The pol...

Why Bob Barr Matters

Richard Feldman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Richard Feldman

On Tuesday, July 22nd Georgia holds a run-off election to the May primary. National attention is focused on the Senate race between Cong. Jack Kingst...