Thursday, July 29, 2010

the elephant of oppression: the failure of identity politics

Identity politics are the babystep in understanding injustice. Practitioners of identity politics (PIPs?) care about what they perceive from their cribs. They're like the blind priests examining the elephant. They feel the trunk, so they are sure it's a snake and rail at anyone who says the trunk is only the tip of the elephant.

ETA: I don't mean that all PIPs are adamantly intolerant of disagreement with their understanding of power. The extremists are a minority.


  1. Mrf! Really, I think this is a very sweeping generalization. Some folks will focus too much on identity politics, but most that I have known in fact do link across identity issues into broader realms. Perhaps they don't perceive all of the connections you do, but does that justify this sort of "look-down-your-nose" criticism?

  2. Thanks for protesting. I added an ETA.