All of that rhetoric would just vanish if people actually did the work to heal the past wounds and thoroughly understand other demographics (and I am certain there is some socially inept autist in here who will attack my position for phrasing it this way: "healing over the past"). All of the human species has this overall attitude of just "ignore it" or "forget about it" or "yah, that was bad.. I guess.." when it comes to atrocities committed and oppression done. Truly, this can be witnessed pretty much everywhere and there are only some exceptions. And the demographics who were targeted by said injustice are left to fight and implement that justice themselves most of the time. This again leaves a residue of resentment, because it leaves you thinking "Why weren't you fighting for me? Do you not care? You think what happened is okay?". Humanity needs to rise in its maturity in this regard. The problem is, while some people on both sides of an instance of this process actually are doing the work for healing, there is also pushback by ignorant people who therefore keep us from reaching the desired end goal. It's essentially something we all or at least the vast majority needs to be educated on and on board with, otherwise agitation by the ignorant will inadvertently lead to the re-opening of a sort of psychological wound that exists on a collective scale and causes counter-hostility. To say that we should just go with ethnostates or some shit is just lazy. It's a pathetic solution and essentially a capitulation. A surrendering to a flaw, that is fixable. Humanity would just continue to be stuck with its tribalistic shortcomings. You'd keep contact to a limit merely for this shortcoming not to express itself, but the problem is still there.
I also don't see how Marxism, in its traditional sense, could have been argued to have helped in this regard anyway. As far as I understand Marxism on identity, it essentially tries to turn a blind eye to it. It pretends that human beings are just differently colored vessels waiting for material circumstances to shape them. Humans by and large are the product of their material circumstances, correct, and a worldview like that has been a humanist step up compared to the worldview of a colonialist/Nazi or whatever, but then again it ignores that identity does matter in our interactions. Human beings are a visual species and we draw associations and connections based on the identity of the person we are dealing with. That process can lead us to do bad or good and if we go about it the wrong way, we can stoke hostility based on said identity. This can't be ignored and you can't just tell people to shut up about it and you can't let socially inept incels push for Nazi-type ideologies as a solution to this problem, because these kinds of people are psychologically stunted and never have any solutions besides isolating themselves and hating everyone around them. What we must do is consider identity, but establish a proper way of dealing with it. This ideal is so easily reached if people just genuinely listen to each other and tried to genuinely understand what the other person is feeling. I have this theory that if we could relive our lives as people of different identities, hostility based on identity and past injustice would essentially vanish. My harm is your harm and vice versa.
And as a side note. When I am talking about past injustice or past oppression (some of which is of course still present in some form) I am not talking about personal blame or personal guilt either. It's about recognizing damage done and taking on the responsibility to fix this issue, because ignoring it won't make it go away. It's like climate change. Do I own Exxon and am I responsible for gigantic amounts of carbon emissions that lead us closer to a climate catastrohpy? No. But I recognize it as a real problem and I, even if not personally responsible, need to take action in fixing this now existing problem. People - all of them - just want their pain to be understood and I am arguing that this is a type of problem that won't be solved by some calculated "facts over your feelings" pragmatism, but by raising the emotional and social intelligence of people and promoting empathy to elevate the species. This sounds very flower power-y, but when it comes to this problem I believe this to be true. Like as the most recent example, why would this person >>1000177
choose to write this, assuming they weren't just trolling? Obviously because of personal hurt based on their identity, now lashing out based on identity as well. Don't tell them to suck it up and to shut up. Engage with it. Heal it. And curb the hostility of other demographics who caused such hurt to arise to begin with.