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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:51 AM

(Jewish Group) Intersectionality Has Abandoned Jews. Should We Abandon Intersectionality?


e have a race problem here in the U.S. Almost daily, we hear of cops being called on African Americans for taking a nap, waiting in a store, grilling in the park, buying shampoo, or playing golf too slowly.

But the problem goes much deeper than unchecked racial bias. We tolerate a system that robs entire communities of their men, and doesnít guarantee their right to a fair trial. We turn a blind eye to the still well-funded forces trying to deprive black people of the right to vote. Time and again, we fail to sanction cops who kill people for essentially being black.

How do we still live in a society where a full 14% of us donít have equal rights Ė in 2018?

Itís an affront on a moral level. But just as importantly, the inequality of some Americans is an affront to the citizenry writ large. We are not a free and democratic society unless it is free and democratic for all, and since it is not, none of us are truly guaranteed these freedoms.


The wins of intersectionality are harder to come by. And increasingly, its failings have become more and more apparent. As a paradigm, intersectionality has failed Jews, both as victims of oppression and as welcome advocates for those whose need is greater. This failure is both evidence of why itís a flawed model, but also a glimpse at the path the left should choose instead.


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MosheFeingold Jun 2018 #1

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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:00 PM

1. The weakness of intersectionality

Is it uncritically assumes any given approved group is actually aggrieved in essentially anything it complains about, when it may not have a legitimate beef in a given area.

And being critical about such a false claim is deemed some sort of -ism.

The entire concept is just a bit lazy thinking and needs to be redefined. It's over broad.

I think most (from whatever perspective whence they come) agree on this. We each can think of something stupid claimed in the name of intersectionality.

Now, who gets to be the arbitrator of what is legitimate is the real question.

Right now, whoever appears to be said arbitrator does not seem to think Jews complaining about antisemitism is a valid complaint -- if said antisemitism comes from anyone other than Republicans or white people.

So, no, intersectionality is not the problem. The unknown arbitrators of what is valid complaint is the problem.

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