Saturday, August 1, 2009

Is Identity Politics Shaping New York's Policies?

The state Senate, led by black men from New York City, issued a posthumous proclamation honoring Michael Jackson — but not Ed McMahon. A band of evangelical Christians blocked the legalization of same-sex marriage. Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat was filled by Kirsten Gillibrand. Race, color, gender, or religion trumps policy and ideology. "It's pure tribalism," says Professor Stanley Fish, an expert on identity politics ... read more here, and here.

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