Often, those on the right use ‘identity politics’ as an insult or a disqualifier to policies or opinions.
In doing so, they’re effectively attempting to minimize, and even neutralize, humans and humanity itself. Let me explain.
To harken back to my post on saturday, What It’s Like To Be Gay In Trump’s America, I said this:
The moment I say this, every single word I say will be completely disregarded by a portion of people.
They will be completely blind to everything else I say because of who I am.
The message that I’m trying to get out, the facts, the points, everything will be completely thrown out because I’m simply “using identity politics” to make a point and not looking at things objectively, even when that’s the majority of what I do here. That’s what I’m setting out to do, anyway.
I would very much like to expand on that and how, not only is that a bad thing, but so-called “identity politics” is a good thing and wholly unavoidable.
So, in other words, we all have an identity, both as humans and as individuals.
However, that’s not what I’d like to focus on, though I will be referencing it.
No, what I’d like to focus on is how Republicans and conservatives also use identity politics.
They use identity politics as Republicans, Americans, conservatives, Christians (and its surrounding religions), monetary value, and, by their views, moral superiority.
While these things aren’t a problem in and of themselves, they like to use these identities to push those who don’t fit into these categories down.
Rather than trying to make other people equal or strive for things that are good for humanity as a whole, they use them to push those things down in order to push their agenda.
While, again, this isn’t an issue without context, when you look at what their agenda actually is and look at how they implement it, it becomes clear that they are not on the side of humanity, or even just good.
That’s because the Republican agenda is greed and money, and the conservative agenda is to get rid of those who aren’t exactly like them.
When you compare that to the Democrats, or really, more left, liberal, and progressives, when they use identity politics, it’s to promote equality and to dispel injustices.
Their goal is to pull everybody up to the same level as those at the top, which, ironically or not, those on the other side perceive this as an attack in an attempt to push them down and put them below.
This is a classic act of projection, which is defined as:
6b: the attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially: the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety
They know that’s what they do, so they assume that’s what everyone does.
As I’ve said before, Republicans/conservatives like everything to be simple, to be black and white. They dislike having to take context into account to form an accurate viewpoint or opinion because that requires more work than the inconsequential amount they use; it’s more difficult.
I’ve also spoke about how they object to being kind to one another; that they view it, that they view being human, as a weakness.
Because they believe these things and think this way, they automatically assume and project that onto others because they’re unable, or unwilling, to wonder or think about how everyone is different.
Those differences, be they in opinion, physical appearance or performance, emotional capability or conduct, etc. so on and so forth, are what forms our identities.
Every single person is an individual with their own identity, but those on the right don’t like that. They would prefer if everyone were the same.
But if that happened, humans would cease to be humans, both as a society and as a species.
Were we all the same, we would cease to do anything; our complex cognitive reactions and interactions would halt, our impact on the world would cease, and our species would not progress.
(I’m not going to go in-depth at this point, but I felt it was worth noting; I may come back to this at a later post.)
This is the danger of right-leaning, conservative thinking; their goal is not just to slow down progress, as others may tell you, but to conserve it completely: to halt it.
This is where the left-leaning, progressive thinkers come in. They attempt to assemble people to combat this, to keep us progressing, by using identity and identity politics.
The way for us, as humans, to survive, and, indeed, thrive, is by progressing further as, not just a species, but a society. (There are so many commas in this sentence, but I love it.)
To jump just a little further into the possible ramifications of halting progress and becoming, effectively, all the same, if that were to happen, not only would those immediate things take effect, but, over time, we, as a species, due to lack of progress, would evolve.
That’s how evolution works, broadly. X doesn’t change, impact, or thrive, and because nature is constantly changing, X doesn’t continue to survive. So X begins adapting, or, as we should put it, evolving, slowly becoming Y over time because of X’s inability to continue on as X.
(Y’know, I am going to come back to this topic in the future after I do some more research and gain some more knowledge.)
You can see this in the overwhelming spread of left-leaning young people as the right-leaning older people are having children, getting older, and dying.
People, as a whole, are realizing that other people matter, that other people’s lives matter, that the world does not revolve around them. And that reflects by people leaning more left.
This is a reflection on people placing importance on individuals and their identities.
Because, in the end, we’re all human and that’s what matters.