Identity Politics Presides Over Steep Class Divisions Within Races

For 45 years identity politics has been used to suggest that based on a unitary “black community” or “Latino community”, all racial minorities lives would be better. This article reveals the failure of identity politics to speak to the needs of working class and poor within their own populations. Identity politics, however has been very good to the economically top 10% of African Americans and Latino Americans. These upper middle classes benefit most from identity politics in universities, trade union bureaucracies and in political parties.
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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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