Identity Politics Quotes

Quotes tagged as "identity-politics" (showing 1-30 of 48)
Christopher Hitchens
“People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of 'race' or 'gender' alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason. Yet see how this obvious question makes fairly intelligent people say the most alarmingly stupid things.”
Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my 'race,' unless I was permitted to put 'human.' The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put 'white,' which is not even a color let alone a 'race,' and I sternly declined to put 'Caucasian,' which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of King's campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you 'black.”
Christopher Hitchens

Ian McEwan
“A strange mood has seized the almost-educated young. They're on the march, angry at times, but mostly needful, longing for authority's blessing, its validation of their chosen identities. The decline of the West in new guise perhaps. Or the exaltation and liberation of the self. A social-media site famously proposes seventy-one gender options – neutrois, two spirit, bigender…any colour you like, Mr Ford. Biology is not destiny after all, and there's cause for celebration. A shrimp is neither limiting nor stable. I declare my undeniable feeling for who I am. If I turn out to be white, I may identify as black. And vice versa. I may announce myself as disabled, or disabled in context. If my identity is that of a believer, I'm easily wounded, my flesh torn to bleeding by any questioning of my faith. Offended, I enter a state of grace. Should inconvenient opinions hover near me like fallen angels or evil djinn (a mile being too near), I'll be in need of the special campus safe room equipped with Play-Doh and looped footage of gambolling puppies. Ah, the intellectual life! I may need advance warning if upsetting books or ideas threaten my very being by coming too close, breathing on my face, my brain, like unwholesome drugs.”
Ian McEwan, Nutshell

Maaza Mengiste
“We must not be anything other than what we are.”
Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Dennis Prager
“You cannot be happy if your primary identity is that of a victim, even if you really are one.”
Dennis Prager

Manning Marable
“...we have to be aware of the power and importance of organizing not just around identity, but the materiality of daily life, which still, in many respects, is racialized for people of color. You build from that, but you have a grander social vision that transcends it and recognizes the strengths and limitations that are drawn from the particularity of identity.”
Manning Marable

“An important ethical function of identity politics, in this context, is to highlight that obstacles to the self-development of individuals, and to the formation and exercise of their agency, emerge in complex cultural and psychic forms, as well as through more familiar kinds of socio-economic inequality.”
Michael Kenny, Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and the Dilemas of Difference

Clint Eastwood
“People even said I was a racist because I shot black bank robbers at the beginning of Dirty Harry. So, first I’m labeled right-wing. Then I’m a racist. Now it’s macho or male chauvinism. It’s a whole number nowadays to make people feel guilty on different levels. It doesn’t bother me because I know where the fuck I am on the planet and I don’t give a shit.”
Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood: Interviews

“In modern societies, some members of ethnic minority groups do not want to feel compelled to heed the voices of their communities when participating as citizens.”
Michael Kenny, Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and the Dilemas of Difference

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“The excesses of identity politics pale in comparison to the monolithic normative realities that dominate our culture.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Lionel Shriver
“In an era of weaponized sensitivity, participation in public discourse is growing so perilous, so fraught with the danger of being caught out for using the wrong word or failing to uphold the latest orthodoxy in relation to disability, sexual orientation, economic class, race or ethnicity, that many are apt to bow out. Perhaps intimidating their elders into silence is the intention of the identity-politics cabal — and maybe my generation should retreat to our living rooms and let the young people tear one another apart over who seemed to imply that Asians are good at math.”
Lionel Shriver, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

Richard Flanagan
“... being true to the multitudes within himself that are one and many.”
Richard Flanagan

Douglas Murray
“For the Church of Sweden, the Church of England, the German Lutheran Church and many other branches of European Christianity, the message of the religion has become a form of left-wing politics, diversity action and social welfare projects.”
Douglas Murray, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

“The assumption that being gay or black necessarily harms the self-worth of all who fit this category has a patronizing dimension, because it neglects consideration of the agency that persons exercise in respect of imposed identity.”
Michael Kenny, Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and the Dilemas of Difference

“Identity politics is killings free speech on campus, silencing Muslim women struggle, boosting both Islamism and the far Right and pushing reconciled Muslim voices to the fringes. It makes implicit assumptions about Islam - from an Islamist, Left or Right- perspective - and insists all Muslims must adhere to that definition or be regarded not truly Muslim. It ignores the fact that most ordinary Muslims are not in favour of a violent and that in surveys and polls they support British values more than the general UK population. Yet the myth persists that the ideology of Islamism is the true expression of what it means to be Muslim.”
Tony McMahon, Sara Khan

Jonah Goldberg
“We drown in information but we starve for knowledge.”
Jonah Goldberg, Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy

Adrienne Rich
“The faceless, sexless, raceless proletariat. The faceless, raceless, classless category of "all women". Both creations of white Western self-centeredness. -Notes Toward a Politics of Location.”
Adrienne Rich

Jasleen Kaur Gumber
“Identity is not the face,
Identity is not the trait,
Neither is it the success pace,
Nor is it the personality grace.
Let alone it being your cliché phrase,
Or did you think,
It’s some religious faith?
My child, it’s alarming that it’s none,
It’s even not tongue,
Then how can it be, what problems you have overcome
And the person you have become!”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber, Ginger and Honey: An unusual free verse poetry collection

Judith Butler
“Lezbiyen teoriler, gey teoriler deyişi beni hiç rahatsız etmiyor, çünkü, başka bir yerde ileri sürmüş olduğum gibi, kimlik kategorileri -ister baskıcı yapıların normalleştirici kategorileri, bu baskıyı özgürleştirici bir damarla tanımamanın odaklaşma noktaları olarak olsun- düzenleyici rejimlerin enstrümanı olmaya eğilimlidir. Bunu söylerken, lezbiyen etiketi altında siyasal faaliyetlerde bulunmayacağımı kasdediyor değilim, ancak bu etiketin tam olarak neye işaret ettiği konusunda sürekli bir belirsizlik kalmasından yana olduğumu da vurgulamak isterim.”
Judith Butler, Imitation and Gender Insubordination

“The primacy of class in politics was challenged during the 1970s and 1980s, in particular, by the rise of the 'new social movements' (including feminism, gay and lesbian liberationism, the anti-nuclear movement, and environmentalism). The proliferation of these movements, and the increasing recognition that no subject's identity could be explained exclusively in terms of one axis (race, gender, or sexual orientation) brought forth disquiet with one dimensional accounts of oppression, such as Marxism (with its sole focus on class).”
Moya Lloyd, Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power and Politics

“I think patriotism should be all about wanting to see Liberia develops, beyond one's commitment to a tribe, party, leaders, and past identity politics.”
Henry Johnson Jr

“You can't get to genocide without first visiting identity politics.”
A.E. Samaan

W.E.B. Du Bois
“Skillfully, and with calculation, the economic problems of Reconstruction were being changed by planters and capitalists to look like problems of politics and social recognition.”
W.E.B. Du Bois

T.J. Kirk
“I want to be an individual, with my own drives, and convictions, and principles, not just a cultural unit, not just a series of superficial identity categorizations.”
T.J. Kirk

Judith Butler
“Geylerin ve lezbiyenlerin kamusal düzlemden silinme şiddetinin tehdidi altında olduklarının tartışılacak bir yanı yoktur, fakat bu şiddete karşı koyma kararı alınırken onun yerine bir başka şiddeti getirmemeye de özellikle dikkat etmek gerekir. Hangi çeşit lezbiyen ya da geyler görünür kılınmalıdır ve hangi içsel dışlamalar bu görünür kılınmayı kurumsallaştıracaktır? Kimliğin görünürlüğü bir siyasal strateji olarak yeterli sayılabilir mi, yoksa siyasal yapının kökten dönüştürülmesini gerektiren bir stratejik müdahale açısından sadece bir başlangıç noktası mıdır?”
Judith Butler, Imitation and Gender Insubordination

Judith Butler
“Lezbiyenlik pek açık bir şekilde yasaklanmış değildir, çünkü düşünülebilir, tasavvur edilebilir olana (gerçek ve adlandırılabilir olan şeyleri düzenleyen kültürel anlaşılabilirlik kalıbına) girmenin bir yolunu bulabilmiş dahi sayılmaz. Öyleyse, lezbiyenin var olmadığı bir siyasal bağlamda nasıl bir 'lezbiyen' olunacaktır? Bu, lezbiyenliğe karşı şiddetin kısmen lezbiyenliği söylemin kendisinden dışlayarak sürdüren bir siyasal söylemde mi söz konusu olacaktır?”
Judith Butler, Imitation and Gender Insubordination

Sam   Harris
“You need an argument, and the nature of any argument is that its validity doesn't depend on who you are. [...] When talking about violence, again, the facts are whatever they are – how many people got shot, how many died, what was the color of their skin, who shot them, what was the color of their skin. Getting a handle on these facts does not require one to say, 'As a black man, I know x, y, and z .' The color of your skin simply isn't relevant information.

When talking about the data – that is, what is happening throughout a whole society – your life experience isn't relevant information. And the fact that you think it might be is a problem. [...] Now this isn't to say that a person's life experience is never relevant to a conversation [...] it can be used to establish certain kinds of facts. I mean, if someone says to you, 'Catholics don't believe in hell', it's perfectly valid to resort, 'Actually my mom is a Catholic, and she believes in hell'. Of course there's a larger question of what the Catholic doctrine actually is – but if a person is making a statement about a certain group of people and you are a member of the group, you might very well be in a position to falsify his claim on the basis of your experience.

But a person's identity and life experience often aren't relevant when talking about facts. And they're usually invoked in ways that are clearly fallacious.”
Sam Harris

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