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  •  The problem with identity politics (3+ / 0-)
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    Be Skeptical, Ray Blake, Mister T

    is that it perpetuates the mental habit of putting people in boxes in order to make snap judgments (usually negative) rather than seeing humans as humans.  To my thinking, identity politics isn't really a break from racism, so much as a counter punch in what is essentially the same habit of mind.

    Mine is a distinctly minority view, I will acknowledge, shared by almost no one.

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

    by Mindful Nature on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:23:10 AM PDT

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    •  When groups are dealing with discrimination (2+ / 0-)
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      LeftHandedMan, Cambridgemac

      and oppression, it has to be addressed.  When people are singled out for unfair treatment (e.g. women) it's a wrong that needs to be dealt with.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:58:56 AM PDT

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      •  yes, but identity politics is not a good approach (1+ / 0-)
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        you can't show that classifying and judging people is wrong by classifing and judging people.  I think the approach of trying to convince people who are treating you badly to see all people simply as people is a much better approach to address this injustice.  Change how people think of how they treat others rather than setting up an us v them contest that just serves to entrench these bad habits.

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

        by Mindful Nature on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:19:01 AM PDT

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