Let's have an actual, legitimate thread for once about problems with radlib and race reductionist ideology, and idpol. One where we actually talk about theory, and the relationship between these ideas and their history to the working class movement. This is not a thread to argue about whatever culture war issue is on your mind at the moment.
I found this post very alarming, for how clearly it stated a primary, usually unstated, tenet of identity politics:
"you're white before you're anything else"
In this analysis, race is the literal focal point of an intelligent being's existence. It's very interaction with the world, it's very perception of the things around it, is decided, first and foremost, through race. Identity is a first principle. Epistemology is grounded in it (i.e. you have to a certain identity to have an opinion about something, only people of a certain identity should have positions of leadership in a revolutionary movement, etc.).
This primacy of identity is the very essence of what identity politics actually means. It's an extremely useful tool to divide people apart. People cannot ever be in solidarity with each other, working together for the same ends, if they are, by immutable nature, natural enemies who are physically, biologically, and philosophically incapable of understanding the other's feelings.
All identity politics furthers this "othering", in ways that can be very different, and have very different consequences. In right wing propaganda, you'll typically see this othering applied in a sadistic direction. Remember the old "humans vs orcs" post? The idea was to paint people of the audience's identity as real people, and all outside of the in-group as non-human others. In picrel, the same effect is used in a different way. It's used in a masochistic direction. The audience is supposed to feel bad about themselves, as beings of moral agency. People of color aren't discussed as people per se, but rather distant arbiters of judgement. They are quietly othered. They are objects put on the outside, judging the audience. They know all, and they know all your sins. They were put here to destroy you and your happiness, and that's a good thing.
The absolute worst nightmare of an identity politician is that people of different backgrounds, cultures, etc. will actually talk to each other like human beings, rather than see each other as malevolent forces of nature, which impose moral responsibilitiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.