Facts About the Politics of Identity

Politics of identity refers to a concept where one is perceived to identify with a certain political and social implication that comes with it. Broadly, it includes race, gender, political party, band, and brand values.  If you can be able to identify with something, and there is shared cultural and political implications, then there is ‘identity politics’. This description confuses many people because there are many sides to the politics of identity that you may not be able to sum all of it.


Below are the different aspects and facts about identity politics:


Politics of identity arises from the desire of humans for acceptance and connection. This is especially so in the information and posts propaganda age. There are symbols, an active media, social media where people build discussions and groups so that they can get a political identity. They discuss everything under the sun even seemingly unimportant topics like how to make buttermilk and the like. 


It does not matter if we are identifying with an idea or commodity. It will also not matter if the idea comes from within us or it is a foreign idea. The result should inform us that the values of the ideas should merge with our identity. By doing this we will get acceptance from some people while at the same time we will alienate ourselves from many more who may not agree with us.


The concept of identity politics is not a left or right thing. It is for all the people, the right, left, center, and all those in different social situations. In the governmental sense of things, this is how you get a political identity.


A synonym of identity politics is identitarian politics. The biggest problem is that many people will categorize identitarian movement with the far right ideologies of Europeans. They were anti-immigrant and white supremacists who were communists and fascists. These ideologies were used in WW 11. They used propaganda in order to create ‘civil religions’ that shared ideas and social identity. For these reasons, we see identity movements in the far right and far-left. Nonetheless, there is nothing politically inherent about ring wing or left-wing politics. The politics of identity is a very broad topic.


Many see identity politics as a civil religion. They believe it is a type of faith-based on culture, identity, symbols, and groups that people connect and share. In America, there are attributes that people say are Americanism, which includes civil religion, which people will identify and bind with. The problem with the politics of identity biggest problem with politics of identity is that it is more about a shared identity and little about individualism and substance.


People look at things collectively. There are many bad implications that come because of collective identity.-people tend to get lazy. They will turn to their shared identity instead of creating their own identity.- it is also not always possible for one to choose their own identity. The truth is that we are all identitarian deep down. Being social beings, all we want to seek union and identify with other beings.