The Problem with Criticizing Identity Politics

This past Sunday, I struggled to explain to my husband what was wrong with historian Mark Lilla’s  New York Times op-ed on “identity liberalism.”

Now the Junto has done most of the work for me — thanks!

To this, I would add that the “accomplishment” of the Founding Fathers excluded most of the population from the franchise and enshrined slavery in the U.S. Constitution.  Not a great model of inclusion.

I was disappointed to hear Senator Sanders say something similar on last night’s PBS news hour. It’s easy to criticize “identity politics” when your identity (white, male, heterosexual) is considered the default.

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