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Identity Politics

How I Finally Developed Some National Pride

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Bitcoin Activism: How Michelle Malkin And Suey Park Found Common Cause In Hashtag Movements

Arun Gupta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Arun Gupta

Suey Park is the Bitcoin of activism. Her hashtag movements are a digital phenomenon. Her value is determined by how much others buy into her. The lack of institutional backing allows her to disrupt the status quo. And just like digital currencies, hashtag activism is vulnerable to shadowy intrigues and corrupting influences.

The Big B

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Lamble

Bisexuality is a troubling state for many to grasp, simply because it wages war on the very idea of totality. I'm very lucky to have never endured the level of torment and hatred many LGBT people across time and space have.

Are You Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Kia Makarechi

Outrage fatigue is like anti-intellectualism for conservatives and liberals (and especially neo-liberals) alike.

The State of the Nation: Queer as You Want to Be

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Queerness is a gift that not all LGBT people have. It's certainly not inherent in that amorphous thing sometimes called the LGBT movement. We are a political, social and sexual minority, and maybe even a cultural one, but we're held together more loosely than most other minorities.

Creating a Center Part

Jerrika Hinton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jerrika Hinton

Do you know how hard it is to find a black girl with hair like yours? It was my first peek into the supposition that my hair does not belong to me but, rather, is part of some trenchant responsibility and deeply engaged in identity politics whether or not the body/mind attached to it desires such.

The Significance of Sarajevo

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What was the image that crossed the mind of that Muslim president who was doing his utmost to save his people from a bloodbath announced by the Serbs? "We are the Warsaw ghetto," he wrote, "Will the Warsaw ghetto once again be left to die?"

What About Bob? Mad Men, Episode 12

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.18.2013 | TV
James Marshall Crotty

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

The Source of Indignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

What people really want in relationships is dignity, not domination. While it's not hard to understand why people who have suffered oppression might fantasize taking a turn at domination, to actually do so is to over-reach.

The Invasion of Iraq and the Clash Within Civilizations

Khaled Diab | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

In an incredibly influential essay published 20 years ago in Foreign Affairs, the late Samuel P. Huntington first outlined his clash of civilizations theory, which he later elaborated on and fleshed out in a book published in 1996.

The Secret To Science's Success

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Modeling has made humans what we are and our success as a species depends on learning to use them wisely.

Two Notions Of Truth: My Sunday School Vs. My Public School

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

The truth is not necessarily what some authority says it is, but rather what can be proven. But, if so, where did that leave the truths taught in my Sunday School?

A Penis And A Dress: Why The Gender Binary Needs To Go Away

Allison Hope | Posted 07.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Imagine a world where someone with a penis can wear dresses every day if this person desired. Gender-neutral bathrooms and department stores and professional sports become the rule rather than the exception to it. Children can play with whatever toys they prefer.

Does Race Equal Skin Color?

Uloop | Posted 04.29.2012 | College
Uloop

Since when did race equal skin color? When it comes to applying for colleges and jobs, the check box will always be there but it is not always mandatory to check it. It may determine how you will be identified or placed but it should never change your identity.

Energy Voters as a Political Power

Peter Gardett | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Peter Gardett

Americans are accustomed to identity politics; can their identity as energy workers, producers and consumers outweigh other political identities?