How should we deal with identity politics?

Ideally, politics should be about policy: What actions by government make sense to benefit the most people and secure the nation as a whole? But we should not pretend identity politics has not existed since the founding of our nation: We identified with our state, city, religion, and yes we identified by race, class, sex and ethnicity. Democrats’ embrace of “identity politics” is nothing new. It often is overly broad, though, and E.J. Dionne Jr. had an interesting piece last month. This particular quote stuck out for me:

For example, calls for an end to identity politics are frequently (and reasonably) interpreted by African Americans, Latinos, women and LGBTQ people as not-so-veiled attempts to make politics about straight white men again.

Source: The Washington Post.

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