Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nerd Analysis: Identity Politics, Race, and Gay Marriage

Identity politics-a-palooza! Here is a blurb by a grad student whom academia has apparently failed to re-program (hail, fellow rebel!):
All too often, white liberal classmates at the University of Virginia would ask, "Shouldn't blacks, more than any other group, support gay rights?"

I never understood my classmates' need to align the historical struggles of blacks with those of homosexuals and then push their quadratic equation of oppression on me. Was not one point of Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," a classic text for college seminars, that blacks deserve an existence free from an assigned role? That they should not be pawns in any social movement? And even if they hadn't read the book, wasn't it clear that stereotypical assumptions based on race are regressive?

Hear, hear. Well, there's always this sort of thing too.

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