If social justice movements tried not to offend anyone

When you hear someone throwing around the suddenly-ubiquitous term “identity politics,” it’s useful to try substituting the words “civil rights” and “equality.” Economic justice and social justice are part of the same package.

Do some people take their idealism too far? Of course. But the right has long employed a strategy of cherry-picking the most over-the-top examples of college student activism as supposedly representative of all historical struggles for marginalized groups. “Identity politics” can easily be used as a frame that trivializes bedrock progressive values — as though fighting, say, voter suppression is the frivolous agenda of a special interest group. It’s important, as we face staggering abuses of power in the future, that we don’t allow their rhetoric to divide us.


  • http://anonatheist.wordpress.com/ Mike Hunt

    You’re right, we need some muscle over here!

  • Poet

    Jen you are wielding a two-edged sword with this week’s strip. When you go to the court of public opinion for your support, the truth can hurt and the truth is that there are enough people who are immune to “social justice” movements”.and their “demands” that such a strategy has lost its cutting edge with a people whose consciences and attention spans have been trained by mass media .
    Call it bigotry, hate speech, dumbing down, or whatever,you will, there are enough of ‘them” to control both chambers of Congress and the White House. So the rest can keep chanting “not my president” while the rest of the country just ignores them until they start picking up guns and public officials start dropping dead. Such a civil; war will make the one that happened during Lincoln’s presidency look tame by comparison.. .

  • InheritTheWindow

    I think a better way to frame this is to show how white nationalism – the thing that got Trump his narrow electoral college win – is and has long been the most pervasive and insidious form of identity politics in America.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.