Identity politics is the basing of one's political and sociological viewpoint by claiming membership in some "oppressed" group and then constructing most of one's lifestyle and identity around their supposed membership in this group. Identity politics is closely related to political correctness and multiculturalism, and in some cases to postmodernism.
Membership in an "oppressed group" has taken the place of the proletariat in modern Marxist thought. "White privilege," for example, is an assertion of authority by an "oppressor ruling class" under the theory.
Liberals frequently engage in identity politics, to the point where they even frown upon using the term as they see it as a "pejorative" term. A 2018 study by researchers at Yale University and Princeton University found that liberals patronize minorities and present themselves as less competent when speaking to them, while conservatives speak and present themselves the same way to everyone regardless of skin color.
"a Cass Sunstein academic paper, published all the way back in 1999. Surveying the relevant social science, Sunstein said, “[I]n a striking empirical regularity, deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who compose them, toward a more extreme point in the direction indicated by their own predeliberation judgments.”
In plain English, this means that when like-minded people gather, their views get more extreme. Our arguments reinforce one another to such an extent that the entire group will sometimes become more extreme than the most extreme person at the start of the deliberation. Think of it like this—when gun rights advocates (or gun control activists) gather, do they tend to leave the meeting doubting their positions or redoubled in their commitment to advocacy? How many people leave a good Bible study loving Jesus less?It’s a nonpartisan, human phenomenon, and what’s so seductive about it is the fact that we can’t perceive the sheer tribalism because it’s accompanied by deliberation—by discussion and thought. We fool ourselves into believing our ideas or our intellects are in control when it is often our identity or our history."
- Pollak, Joel B. (August 5, 2018). You Can’t Use the Term ‘Identity Politics,’ Says Kamala Harris. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
- Duke, Selwyn (November 29, 2018). Study: Liberals Treat Minorities as if They’re Stupid. The New American. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Richardson, Valerie (November 29, 2018). White liberals more likely to 'patronize' minorities than conservatives, study finds. The Washington Times. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Sunstein is a former Obama administration apparatchik married to Obama war criminal Samantha Power implicated in the FISA abuse scandal and credited for re-establishing the Black African slave trade after the Libyan war.