Born of the civil and women's-rights activism of the 1970s, identity politics seeks to recognize and organize around the complex and interwoven ways race, class, gender, immigration status, and sexuality, among other factors, impact how life is lived in America — and who has access to the American dream.
Both a political and intellectual movement, identity politics offers a critique of privilege and the ways it is meted out.
"It's not good enough for someone to say, 'I'm a woman! '" he said at a rally in Boston after the election.
As an editorial director at Mic, an online news and culture website for millennials, I had also planned for a Clinton victory, assigning a dozen or so stories, and had written and revised a two-thousand-word piece about this big, albeit fraught, moment in feminist history. Idaho and North Carolina followed, and then the tipping point: Florida.
By now, small groups of women were sitting on the ground crying; hundreds left the building in droves. The intact glass ceiling at the Javits Center turned out to be a metaphor even more apt than the Clinton campaign could have imagined.
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In a powerful ad, she juxtaposed shots of women, people of color, and people with disabilities with footage of Trump denigrating these groups.
The campaign included women and people of color in senior positions, and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner appeared at several campaign stops, after Clinton personally met with the women and promised to advocate on their behalf.
Clinton's campaign banked on the former, speaking directly to the interests of women, people of color, sexual minorities, and the disabled.
Her campaign's rallying cry — "I'm with her" — was a clear reminder that she was the first woman presidential candidate for a major party.
Despite that the election played out like a morality tale gone wrong, in which the smart girl who had done her homework loses to the class clown who barely shows up for school, in its wake progressives seemed to bristle at discussing the role sexism and racism played in it.
Instead, they openly debated whether the campaign — and the left more generally — had focused too much on "identity politics": on Clinton being the first viable woman candidate for president and catering to minorities and their concerns, instead of speaking to the economic anxieties of the white working class.
And Clinton did talk about class during her campaign — about equal pay for women, paid family leave, increasing the minimum wage, a fair tax system, and revitalizing American manufacturing.