Institutional racism, sexism, and discrimination against people of color in law enforcement and in the US judicial system are a real problem. In order to perpetuate an unjust status quo in their interests, conservative white America trivializes these issues in media by portraying these real problems as ideas manufactured by the progressive left. It’s a tactic to dehumanize their political opponents.
The tone of liberal bashing on this site is lame. Strawman arguments bashing imaginary political opponents such as “SJW”, “libtards”, “socialists” etc go unchecked. Irresponsibly linking these ad hominem attacks, using strawman attacks against imaginary political entities prevents any real discussion of the issues.
The vast majority of progressives aren’t making racism up, nor are they floating identity politics around as a political tactic. The progressive left–whatever that means to you–don’t look at everything through the lens of race, as if they’re reading it into things. They don’t think that way at all. And to claim that somehow this is a non partisan issue and everything is actually equal now is absurd.
Racist non racist memes, denigrating female politicians by reducing them to their gender or ethnicity rather than respecting them for their political accomplishments is par for the course in the political discussions here. This is identity politics. It’s not coming from the left.
Somehow conservative media has done a fantastic job of twisting attempts to combat racism as racist, and woven conspiracy theories meant to convince paranoid whites that in actuality they are the ones being put upon by non existent threats like “PC culture” and “Socialism”, none of which are in any way an actual inconvenience to their lives except in their own minds.
What’s especially ironic about all of this is the same people bashing liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, the boogieman, big government, SJW et al are the same people flaunting TW as exemplary of democratic ideals–while they applaud right wing attacks on the rule of law. Liberals brought you gay rights, civil rights. It wasn’t conservative white America marching on Washington, or boycotting Montgomery buses and if you think “PC culture” is what MLK would object to, its time to go back to square one of your understanding of US history.
If you really believe that unity, equality of opportunity, and democracy are valuable, then stop this BS corporate media canard of trivializing political movements to ensure these things as ‘identity politics’. They’re not a fiction of the left.
If defending a racist status quo is the agenda of the posters here, then own it already.