Friday, December 16, 2016

Walter Benn Michaels on identity politics as a form of class politics

What Is the Left Without Identity Politics? | The Nation:
Adolph Reed and I have been arguing that identity politics is not an alternative to class politics but a form of it: It’s the politics of an upper class that has no problem with seeing people being left behind as long as they haven’t been left behind because of their race or sex. That’s why elite institutions like universities make an effort to recruit black people as well as white into the ruling class. They’re seeking to legitimate the class structure, not abolish it.