The Problem with Identity Politics in One Image

UPDATE, 21 July:

There may in fact be a new contender for the dubious honor of being able to exemplify the extreme reactionary core of identity politics in one image. The far-right National Review exposed identity politics’ true colors with a laughing-coma-inducing article arguing that socialism is just white privilege writ large.


I keep track of how identity politics is regularly co-opted by the Right.

This is the best single image to convey what exactly the problem is with identity politics:

can identity politics save the right

It is the cover of the May 2008 issue of the magazine The American Prospect.

Can Identity Politics Save the Right?“, the title article asks, noting, “In response to their standing in the polls, the GOP is falling back on identity politics.”

As political scientist and race theorist Adolph Reed has constantly stressed, identity politics is “the politics of the left-wing of neoliberalism.”