Should the Democratic Party abandon identity politics?

Should the Democratic Party abandon identity politics?

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The results of the 2016 election stunned Democrats who were sure they had a lock on the U.S. presidency and possibly a take-back of the Senate. Reality hit, and Democrats had decisions to make. Critics and analysts postulated that Democrats’ emphasis on minorities and identity politics were to blame.

Wikipedia defines identity politics as “a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.”

In Boston in mid-November, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “One of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics.”

Doing so is not just a matter of party survival but of survival as a democratic-based country. Republicans successfully lured Democrats into making minority issues a focus. During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promoted divide and conquer as a solution to American woes. Build a wall to keep…


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