Friday, December 30, 2016

Is Criticism of Identity Politics Racist or Long Overdue?

NOVEMBER 23, 2016


rfdraceCritics said President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign slogan celebrated a time before racial discrimination, gender inequality and homophobia were matters of concern.Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A widely discussed op-ed by Mark Lilla in The New York Times (above) argued that the Democratic Party had gone astray by engaging in “identity politics” that were more concerned with a diversity of demands by women, African-Americans, immigrants and L.G.B.T. people, than in appealing to Americans as a whole. Some said that piece implied that liberals should ignore unique and real issues faced by anyone who isn’t a white man.
Is criticism of political correctness and identity politics a reaction that’s long overdue or just racist?
This is part of the Issues for Trump and America series.


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