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Racism May Have Gotten Us Into This Mess, But Identity Politics Can’t Get Us Out

Briahna Joy Gray New York Magazine
It’s often argued that centering economics means abandoning racial or other identity groups that have fought hard for well-deserved political leverage. But political messaging is not a zero-sum game. The question is not “identity politics or economic justice,” but how to adopt a complementary union of the two.

How Identity Became a Weapon Against the Left

Briahna Joy Gray Current Affairs
Dissonance created by a certain conception of identity: if we believe that “women and people of color” are defined entirely by their identities, it becomes impossible to understand how anyone who shares the identity could reject a candidate who fits that identity. Once the distinction between perspective and identity is erased, voters of color become an undifferentiated hive mind incapable of political independence.

Quick reflections on the November 2016 elections

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Let us lick our wounds and reflect on the future. This election result was one that more of us should have anticipated as a real possibility. In either case, that the results were so close and that we did not have the ideal candidate to represent the new majority emerging in the USA remains for me a source of immense hope. The struggle certainly continues.

Gimme Shelter (From the Tax Man)

Nomi Prins with Craig Wilson TomDispatch
What do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? he two leading candidates for the presidency actually share a secret life. A kind of private address -- for their monies, if not themselves -- in a place that may still be located in the United States but is nonetheless offshore from where most of the rest of us live. They are both tax haven aficionados, and in this election season if you want to become one, too, then head offshore with Nomi Prins' article.

How Bernie Sanders Has Built A Multi-Racial Anti-Austerity Campaign

Kevin Gosztola, Rania Khalek, Donna Murch Shadowproof
Donna Murch, an associate professor at Rutgers University reacts to activists who shut down Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago. She responds to Hillary Clinton’s statement on what happened, and how it relied upon coded language. We highlight the Clintons’ records with African Americans. The discussion expands into a full assessment of the successes and struggles which Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has had with Black voters.

Dreaming of a (Feminist) Revolution

Zillah Eisenstein The Feminist Wire
There has been much said about younger women who do not support Hillary having not suffered the difficulties of the workplace yet. Once they do they will be on board, like their mothers, supporting a woman for president. But although this may sometimes be the case, I think something else is going on. It is called complex, multiple, feminist initiatives/alternatives.
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