Those who want to view everything through the prisms of race, sex, gender and sexuality portray themselves as “progressives.” But they are reactionaries who seek to replace the liberal ideals that have brought so much progress in human affairs with rigid racial and sexual categories.
These “identitarians” see themselves as the heirs of the civil rights movement—as its logical culmination. But the civil rights movement’s aim was to abolish, not impose, the identity politics of judging individuals based solely on race or sex.
The identitarians respond that although the civil rights movement may have been effective against overt, conscious racism and sexism, it was ineffective against the more pernicious and insidious forms, which they label as structural (or systemic) racism, white privilege and patriarchy.
Structural racism is supposed to indicate the subordination of racial minorities despite the absence of