A Lesson for Identity Politics?

The New York Times: The End of Identity Liberalism.

Did Democrats lose the election because they focused too much on celebrating specific demographic groups — at the expense of others?

Mark Lilla of The New York Times spent a year in Europe, where he read mostly European news sources, and then took a fresh glance at how American media outlets operate. The American press is fixated, he says, with declaring that a certain person from a certain demographic group is the first person to do something: “X is the first to do Y.” By celebrating specific groups, liberals are ignoring the chance to share a common vision for the country, he says.

“The fixation on diversity in our schools and in the press has produced a generation of liberals and progressives narcissistically unaware of conditions outside their self-defined groups,” writes Lilla.

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