The Outspoken Oppa

Fighting for a Unified Nation

The Mediocrity of Identity Politics

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

When I wrote my abortion articles a few months ago, I was called certain names. The most interesting one was “woman-hater.” It was said by a Chinese girl who appeared to be a little older than me. When I asked her why she accused me of being this, she responded by saying men can’t have an opinion on abortion because men can never feel the pain of pregnancy.

Yes, I may never know the pain of pregnancy, but her logic is flawed. One’s background should not determine the validity of your opinion or argument. For example, white men were at the forefront of slavery. Even though they never felt the oppression of slavery, they can come to the moral conclusion slavery is wrong. Another example could be the white men protesting against Jim Crow laws alongside Martin Luther King Jr. You don’t need to be a victim of an institution to protest against it.

Which transitions to the concept of identity politics. Webster’s dictionary defines identity politics as the “tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.”

Honestly, I believe it is an ineffective way of governing. One of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election is because she based her campaign on identity politics. During her campaign, she created a pyramid of intersectionality. (seen below)

As one can see, there is a hierarchy of specific groups within identity politics. This system is built upon who are “victimized” the most. One of the biggest proponents of identity politics is playing the victim card. A preconceived notion that was laid forth by Hillary Clinton and her constituents was that if you were born into a specific background, you were automatically a victim. (Also, some people are accusing me of arguing a straw man. I am arguing against what the general populous of that group believes in. However, if there is someone with a different argument, then they can comment on it below.)

However, if we are going to live under the mentality that we are inherently oppressed because of our race, then progress will cease. For example, as I said before, I am Asian. Technically, I am a minority and in tier 1. According to the Census Bureau circa 2018, 5.6 percent of the national population is Asian. However, if I demand the Chinese government to give me reparations because of what they did to my ancestors, they won’t.

The truth about the economic system we live under is that it is our actions, not our background, that defines us. Identity politics is a waste of time because it focuses on the background. Of course, we should focus on background oppression, but placing groups on top of each other are not the answer. The reality is we should enact legislation on multiple factors. For example, if we wanted to increase the safety of a community, we would target high crime cities, not a specific race. If we wanted to improve schooling in a community, we would target a community that is lacking in education. Whether that community is white, black, or Asian is irrelevant to the matter.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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