Reply to "Say Something Completely Random And Off Topic"

thistlintom posted:

The reason why I posted the article on racism is that I believe we have been moving backwards on race relations and the charge of racism and white privilege are used as weapons against those whose opinions and views are different.   The use of Identity politics and intersectionality are destructive and are used to push people into categories, which is contradictory to the ideals of the US which is the identity of the individual and the individual's rights.

I believe that the overused charges of racism, the concept of white privilege and the use of identity politics have damaged the ability to have conversations about policies and to challenge opponents views from a position of ideals.  It's an easy cop out to yell racist or charge white privilege instead of challenging the opponents point of view.

There is some truth in what you say here, tom.  But.

I find your assertion that,

"The use of Identity politics and intersectionality are destructive and are used to push people into categories, which is contradictory to the ideals of the US which is the identity of the individual and the individual's rights...

a bit amusing. In the history of our country, we've been doing exactly this for centuries.  And many people's identities and rights have been abused specifically because of the categories that the majority had placed them in.  I can understand the instinct of members of protected classes to "over react," in circumstances when they are categorized, marginalized or mistreated because of their category.  Especially in circumstances where the communications are coming from high ranking politicians and other citizens with a national platform.

PH

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