We need a post-identity liberalism, and it should draw from the past successes of pre-identity liberalism…Such a liberalism would concentrate on widening its base by appealing to Americans as Americans and emphasizing the issues that affect a vast majority of them. (Lilla, 2016).
This is dangerous rhetoric. This entire article is problematic. I think Hillary Clinton did the right thing by focusing on minorities in her campaign. Hillary’s refusal to pander to poor whites or an universal group doesn’t legitimize Trump’s election.
Trump won because a lot of the people Hillary marketed to, yes marketed to, were never going to vote for her. I still believe that a large percentage of people who didn’t vote were liberal and apart of the Bern or Bust movement.
This article inappropriately blames Hillary and her appeal to minorities as a reason for the loss. However, it was a large percentage of Black and Hispanic voters who actually came out to vote. And a large percentage of the people of color who voted, voted for Hillary. Unlike whites across the board, who didn’t vote or didn’t vote for her, the minorities pushed for Hillary’s election. But as we now know, it was to little avail.
When we start using terms like post-identity, which is code for post-racial in my opinion, we dismiss the exposure necessary for PROPER representation in our society. White liberals failed Hillary, not the minorities she was appealing to. The blame game stops here. We should already know that it was not the minorities or the poor whites that caused the election of Donald Trump.
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This article was a big play on words that I did not appreciate. And if anything, it isn’t something I would expect in such a liberal media platform like the New York Times. People are desperate and afraid. They have that right to be desperate and afraid. However, this kind of behavior displayed in this article should be called out.
This society is not ready for POST-IDENTITY, and we have not resolved enough issues to accept that ideology. In my opinion, Lilla is calling for Americans to pander and appeal to white supremacists. The ideology of post-identity is currently inclusive of those people who hate and discriminate against anyone who’s identifies differently than them. Post-identity is great if bigots didn’t exist. But they do and they are currently emboldened and are expressing that hatred.
I am not sorry.
I will not be rubbing shoulders with supremacists and bigots in some sci-fi, ideological, fan fiction, nonsense world that post-identity creates. Also, do not ask me to dismiss my identity. Ask the bigots to fix their hatred. And even if the bigots go away and we live in a peaceful world, Post-Identity is still dismissive and problematic.
Lilla, M. 2016. The End of Identity Liberalism. Retrieved from http://nyti.ms/2eNgOdZ