by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
Imagine being told by some politico that if you’re truly a fan of the Golden State Warriors, you must vote for him to “prove your loyalty” as a Warriors fan.
Multiculturalism is often an excuse for identity politics: the (politically useful) notion that every member of an ethnic or religious group “should” support policies A,B & C and vote for candidates X, Y and Z based solely on their membership in an identity that is a useful tool for political exploitation.
Multiculturalism is not about identity politics–it’s about being recognized as an individual with your own character, experience, values and views. Yes, we draw upon our genetic heritage, our experience of race, gender and faith, and a thousand other confluences of life in America and the world beyond.