I hope the jannies don't ban me for this, as I seek to discuss this topic in good faith.
I have noticed that a lot of people on this board seem to despise "identity politics", i.e. politics that focuses on issues specific to groups that aren't defined by class. There's often this notion that focusing on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. distracts from the "real issues", i.e. class issues. I object to this notion. Firstly, race oppression, gender oppression, sexual orientation oppression, etc. are real issues that need to be addressed. There are countless studies showing that women, ethnic minorities, and LGBT people experience hardships not typically faced by men, dominant ethnic groups, and cishet people. Secondly, it not necessarily true that those things distract from class issues, as a number of feminists, civil rights activists, and LGBT activists have been socialists. Examples include Victoria Woodhull, Emma Goldman, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West, Oscar Wilde, and Bayard Rustin. There are also many socialist organizations that promote these kinds of things, such as Rojava, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Swedish Left Party.
Additionally, there's this idea that focusing on identity politics divides the working class by chasing certain people away from the left. This might be true to an extent for some people (most notably cishet white men), but identity politics could actually be a draw for some people. Women and ethnic minorities might find socialism more appealing if addresses issues specific to their groups in addition to class. Of course, there also plenty of white men who are drawn to socialism even if it talks about feminism and racial equality. My thought is for the left to put the most emphasis on the issues that effect the most people (most notably class issues), but still make an effort to address issues specific to non-class groups.
Personally, I wish people here had less of a hate boner for identity politics, as there are many good discussions to be had on these sorts of issues. So what do you think?
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