We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Didn't watch the video or didn't understand the video? See, "black voters" are like "gay voters" and "women voters" and "left-handed voters", as long as you're putting them in a box because you think they all think and act alike it really doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican because you're still playing the identity politics game.
I stumbled across this presentation by an ex-feminist documentary maker who had her eyes opened when she did a film on men's rights. Very interesting story about how she finally listened, but also the hostile reaction to her film since she didn't just bash men.
Identity politics occur because people believe a group effort is necessary for success - which in most times and places historically has been absolutely true. When we talk about how radical the American Experiment is (and it back-influenced the British and even Continental systems), it is the escape from tribalism that we mean. It is rare, and even 250 years later it doesn't come easy to many people.
Conservatives sometimes speak as if there was a time in American history when tribalism and identity politics were not operating. That never was. We have been able to reduce it decade over decade ( and pretending we have largely succeeded may be part of the improvement and inspiration). America has been spectacular at undoing this hard-wired instinct, but it's a long hard slog.
Assistant Village Idiot
Assistant Village Idiot: Conservatives sometimes speak as if there was a time in American history when tribalism and identity politics were not operating. That never was.