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In identity politics the knives are always out, slicing up your mind.

Accidents of birth are nothing to be proud of.

Assumptions are always dangerous, but implicit assumptions are even more dangerous. One of the most prevalent implicit assumptions in current American society is that identification–with a racial or ethnic group, with a gender, with a sexual orientation, with a political outlook, with a nation–is a good thing. But is it?

We constantly hear references to certain people being “proud women of color,” or “proud Latinos” or to “gay pride” or “patriotism” or to any number of other categories, and the sheer number of categories of which we are supposed to keep track seems to grow by the day. Yet what is the basis of all this “pride” in what amounts to nothing more than accidents of birth? Does it ever actually make sense to be proud of a roll of the genetic or circumstantial dice? …

About

Firinn Taisdeal

I am an author and inventor. My first book was about people’s relationship with their possessions and how possessions change us, for better and for worse.

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