How America's Identity Politics Went From Inclusion To Division

Submitted by: jayme21 3 months ago in News & Politics


An interesting long read from Amy Chua's book on the self-destructive nature of todays identity politics. Something which appears to be getting exported  more and more to the UK.

An excerpt from The Guardian:

We are at an unprecedented moment in America.

For the first time in US history, white Americans are faced with the prospect of becoming a minority in their “own country.” While many in our multicultural cities may well celebrate the “browning of America” as a welcome step away from “white supremacy”, it’s safe to say that large numbers of American whites are more anxious about this phenomenon, whether they admit it or not. Tellingly, a 2012 study showed that more than half of white Americans believe that “whites have replaced blacks as the ‘primary victims of discrimination’.”

Meanwhile, the coming demographic shift has done little to allay minority concerns about discrimination. A recent survey found that 43% of black Americans do not believe America will ever make the changes necessary to give blacks equal rights. Most disconcertingly, hate crimes have increased 20% in the wake of the 2016 election.

When groups feel threatened, they retreat into tribalism. When groups feel mistreated and disrespected, they close ranks and become more insular, more defensive, more punitive, more us-versus-them.

In America today, every group feels this way to some extent. Whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, straight people and gay people, liberals and conservatives – all feel their groups are being attacked, bullied, persecuted, discriminated against.

Read the full article at The Guardian
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DIVIDE AND CONQUER STRATEGY. AGENDA 21. 

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Male 16,967
moldysod you're not exactly helping, 5Cats
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Male 16,967
All groups are being discriminated against (to varying degrees). When you build a tribal society everyone prioritizes their perceived tribe over the others.
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Male 559
Similar is happening slowly in Canada.  Equity is replacing equality.  Gatekeeping is becoming the norm while false dichotomies rule the day.  Vague definitions are replacing philosophy where the meanings slowly creep to include other aspects if the results are not what is desired.  Movements are hijacked to settle personal grievances, etc. 

It's becoming more common online as gaslighting and astroturfing is easier with the advent of VPNs and the like for sockpuppets.  IAB is among those affected.  The only solution is for people to be able to think critically for themselves, but also be cognisant of resistance as they too could become the enemy is due time.
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I read the whole thing. I disagree with a lot of it but it was a good read. Good post. 
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