The nitty gritty of identity politics

What is identity politics?

Eusebius McKaiser says he often thinks of how identity plays out in debates in South Africa, whether it be race or gender.

He asks 'Is fair that activists are harshly critiqued for being "obsessed" with identity?'

Media studies professor, Adam Haupt, says identity politics starts with articulating your lived experiences.

Vukani Mde chimes in saying identity politics is a process of an articulation of a political platform based on identity and adds that to some extent, it is based on choice.

The term identity politics goes back to the latter part of the twentieth and is linked primarily to the civil rights struggle in the United States in which black people organised themselves as black people whose lived reality of oppression was based largely on the fact that they are black.

Vukani Mde, Vukani Mde

Veteran journalist, 702 host and political analyst, Karima Brown says identity politics should never be used to shut people up. If you go to a place like Nigeria, where do you place identity politics, as there are no white people, asks Brown?

Also read: South African media in the spotlight #TheGathering

I've never been able to be passionate about the anti-colonial struggle without speaking about class and when I speak about class in the South African context I can't pretend that there wasn't a black middle class.

Karima Brown, Veteran journalist, 702 host and political analyst

Listen to the full conversation here:


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