The Panic Over Identity Politics

June 10, 2015

This week I’m featuring posts written by people participating in the Wild Goose Festival, underway in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Morgan Guyton writes the Mercy Not Sacrifice blog on Patheos.  In this post he is responding to criticism leveled at millennials via a recent article that appeared on the website Vox.  Guyton presents four main points and elaborates on them.

1.  Capitalism is destroying higher education, not identity politics

“The college “experience” is now a consumer product in which students are supposed to be given a lump of “knowledge” that will convert into a certain level of earnings when they graduate.”

2.  Social media has created a messy new world for conversation, accountability, and tribalism

“Banging things out on twitter is analogous to chanting in the street with bullhorns. It absolutely has a purpose. But intimate personal dialogue is not that purpose.”

3.  It’s not just about “feeling” offended when physical violence has occurred

“It’s no longer possible to pretend that young black men are not at risk of physical violence every time they interact with police officers. It’s also the case that many LGBT people have been bullied viciously, often including physical violence.”

4.  Those of us who can should talk to our tribal enemies

“If you’re called to be a bridge-builder, then do it. Just don’t denigrate other people who have different callings.”

Read “Everyone is afraid: thoughts on the panic over identity politics.

Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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