Identity Politics is an approach where the identity of a person either race, gender, etc. is promoted by the people who follow or have this said identity. It’s emerged lately around the 21st century and it is a good way of spreading our ideas so that others can learn more about said identity especially if it hasn’t been brought up or known for the past years. However, some people might end up taking identity politics too far such that the way they share their identity is a bit too overbearing. In this article, I will discuss about the positive aspects, as well as the negative aspects of Identity Politics.
One upside of identity politics is that people are able to spread awareness over a certain identity or idea they may have. In a video with Jonathan Heidt, he mentions how it is good that people are able mention their ideas or thoughts that they haven’t said at all regarding a certain identity, an example here being the black lives matter movement. While it emerged around the 21st century, the prior problem regarding this was a much bigger one (slavery). And while they couldn’t say much back then, people have now been able to express themselves more freely as the restrictions of slavery don’t apply as much as it did back then.
A direct negative aspect to identity politics is that some people can get a bit overboard regarding their identity. What this means is that, yes they are sharing their identity. But as a result, they could end up mistreating or just disrespecting other people (which could lead to potentially dangerous arguments). While it would be good to share more about an identity that people may not know so much about, it could all end up to naught if we burn bridges or disrespect people in the process.
I think Identity Politics is great, people are able to share their ideas or identity to inform or spread awareness to other people. But I think that it is something we should be careful of doing because of potentially dangerous arguments. This could lead people to end up not speaking up about their identity in order to avoid conflicts/avoid being criticized. But, this shouldn’t be the case. We should always remember that we are ourselves, and each of us can have certain identities we represent.