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If you don’t center the interests of white people, you’re engaging in IDENTITY POLITICS

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CX2TBJ Members of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) rally to protest public services

Cynthia Nixon, the Democratic candidate for governor of New York who actually wants Democrats to control the state Assembly, said something obviously true in a recent interview:

The fact of the matter is, our working class doesn’t look like the working class from 1955. Our working class is largely women and people of color—it’s people like social workers and daycare workers, people who run senior centers and after-school youth programs and people who work in schools. We need to fund those things.

This basic statement of facts makes Damon Linker VERY ANGRY:

Nixon’s statements, in addition to being unassailably accurate, did not in fact “exclude” white people. On the other hand:

If you talk about how New York’s working class is predominantly people of color, you’re being exclusionary. If you talk about the “white working class,” you’re being inclusionary and impartial, because you’re talking to the default human. OK. The rain on your wedding day, of course, being that people who think this way are the people most dedicated to railing against IDENTITY POLITICS. (Cf. Mark Lilla’s conflation of “women” with “white women.”) The accusation is generally a confession.

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