Dazed and Confused About Identity Politics
Is Bernie guilty of being a proponent and practitioner of Identity Politics? Bernie. The guy who gets roundly reamed for emphasizing class (even while taking into account issues of intersectionality). Bernie. The guy who gets accused of being mean to women, criticized for not having enough minority support, admonished for not being attuned enough to the struggles of the LGBT community. When he or supporters respond to these complaints, is that practicing and advocating identity politics? I don't think so. Here's a Katie Halper video:
To say the least, it's irritating when folks make accusations without backing up their claims with any evidence or offering any alternatives which then might be subject to criticism. Especially when many Berners see this battle as tantamount to the Battle of Stalingrad - and rightly so as I've argued given the remaining window of temporal opportunity we have to at least delay climate catastrophe. Not to mention, that real medicare for all, not the watered down varieties that have emerged, is a matter of life and death for many.