Identity politics kill
If you hate someone because of their race, YOU SUCK.
If you promote or tolerate the use of violence to support your beliefs, YOU SUCK.
Are we clear on that?
The tragic events in Charlottesville are a direct result of a deep division in America which has been spurred on by the proliferation of identity politics. On the one hand, leftists have been constantly attacking Republicans, conservatives, right-wingers, and white people, calling them Nazis and white supremacists, blaming them for all the problems in America, claiming they’re still guilty for slavery, they benefit from privilege, they’re all racist, and they can never understand what it’s like to be a person of colour. Get this: they alienated this vast group of people by treating them all like human garbage, and then were shocked when a small minority of them actually did become radicalized. They are the alt-right, a conglomeration of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and other terrible human beings.
Then on the other hand we have the ironically-named Antifa, apparently employing fascist tactics to fight fascism. They’re a loosely-organized far-left group who hate capitalism and free speech. Some of them are even anarchists, and they’ve been involved in numerous riots, destruction of property, brawls, and other violent affairs. An anonymous member described Antifa to Time Magazine by saying, “it also comes with being anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-ableism, anti-transphobia, anything like that and just protecting people who are marginalized and oppressed.” Clearly, Antifa loves identity politics and intersectionality in order to divide and rank people by how oppressed they are. They act based on a strong sense of moral superiority, believing that violence is justified in order to shut down whatever they consider to be hate speech.
It’s extremely ironic that in our liberal-saturated culture and media, the alt-right is seen as worse than the alt-left, despite that they both use identical strategies and subscribe to mirroring ideologies. They are two sides of the same coin. The alt-right divides people by race, believing that white people are superior and people of colour (especially blacks and Jews) are inferior. They would prefer that there be fewer people of colour in America. Compare that to the alt-left, which supports affirmative action policies favouring people of colour and divides people according to the principle of intersectionality to determine a person’s rank in society and the validity of their opinion. They would prefer that there be fewer white people in America.
We can’t keep focusing on the differences between us, whether it’s in the USA or in Canada! How did we come to the point where the colour of someone’s skin matters so much? Just because I’m white doesn’t mean I’m a racist; just because my friends have diverse ethnic backgrounds doesn’t mean they’re oppressed. A person’s race has so little to do with the kind of person they actually are on the inside — their personality, their beliefs, their hopes and dreams, their values, even their identity. Race and other outward physical characteristics are extremely superficial compared to the whole of an individual; what counts the most are the rights and freedoms we share.
Let’s shift the narrative away from one that divides people towards aspects of society which have the potential to unify people. This includes freedom of speech, diversity of thought, respecting those who we disagree with, allowing them to speak and actually listening to them. I’m not naive enough to think that we can build a utopia or something like that, but I feel like there are lessons that can be learned from the example of Charlottesville, and we better learn from our mistakes or risk repeating them.
Throw identity politics in the garbage can. We are all human beings.
RIP Heather Heyer.