Can we be honest about identity politics?
by bruh21, Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 10:10:01 PM EDT
I will not get into the latest skirmage over identity politics with the presidential candidates because frankly I don't care about it.
Instead, what the latest skirmage forced me to ask myself is whether progressives/Democrats/Liberals, etc can be honest about how identity politics affects our decision making process?
This diary is mostly just a series of questions. I firmly expect to be attacked for asking because questions, but I have to ask.
1) Can we be honest about how identity politics affects decision making or must we sweep the discussion under the rug of racism or gender bias or whatever else people like to claim ?
2) Do you honestly think that there is not a positive for identity politics related to rage and gender that's a net positive for candidates in a Democratic primary season?
3) Do you think the stats that show how people are voting should be ignored ?
4) What do you think will happen in the general election with these issues?
These are just off top of my head. I am sure there are others I can think to bring to the mix.
This is all about my frustration with a lack of self reflection that I find in these discussions. I get that everyone is trying to argue the candidate's position, but really- who do you think you are fooling? Does anyone think that if Obama were a white male or if Clinton were a black female or white male that the dynamics of the primary wold not be different? Who here thinks that? Do you think these are all about the negatives- ie, people being sexist or racist against your candidate, and that there is no value that the candidates derive from their identity as well? I am repeating myself because I really don't get why neither side can admit, even if their candidate's can't, that "yes' the candidate's identities not only hurt them, but in other ways help them in a Democratic primary.
To me, this would be a like a Christian Evangelical white male not admitting that may help him in the GOP primary. It simply doesn't pass the smell test.