Navigating "Unwoke" Spaces

Yesterday, I had a fairly mundane experience offline. It wasn't until I casually opened Twitter that I thought about it in the context of extremely online identity politics. The rigidity with which we consider issues of identity, in my opinion, alienates potential allies and allows potential enemies foothold in our spaces. Often identity politics is less a matter of intent or even consequence, and more a matter of gates and keys. Bad people can hold the right keys. Good people can get stopped at gates. Don't get me wrong—I think consideration of identity is not only important, but essential to a robust left…