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Old January 22nd, 2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Ideals are More Important than Identity

This is something that I have realized over the past year or so. I have slowly but surely realized that identities and categories such as class, race, gender, etc. are completely meaningless (even if they are very real sociological constructs that affect people, this is not what I'm debating).

No group of people are monolithic, and it is unreasonable to expect them to be. For example, the alt-right could be considered to be a proletarian movement. However, I, along with most of us here have some pretty serious disagreements with them. As a Black man, it is impossible for me to sympathize with them at all. They pose an existential threat to me. However, according to this doctrine of class unity, we're all supposed to just put aside our differences and unite under the banner of "the revolution."

Likewise, there are some Black folks who I cannot sympathize with either for various reasons. The people who I tend to unite with are those who share my ideals and goals. The so-called working class, and the individuals within it, really do not have the same goals. In fact, I'll go so far as to say no group really has the same goals.

Agree or disagree? Isn't a shared purpose more important than meaningless identities?
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