Identity politics, while divisive, are the Democrats’ best hope for getting themselves back into power, asserts Lee Drutman of New Republic. Matters of religion, ethnicity and identity dominated the 2016 election and, unfortunately, they are here to stay. Democrats need to use their ideals to get supporters back into voting booths. Republicans have played into blue-collar fears for decades, creating a deeply solid voter base that will be almost impossible to win back. Xenophobia and economic anxiety are not going away. Democrats can use identity politics to unite their supporters in a stand against these old ways.
Democrats' past use of identity politics contributed to polarizing society and needs to stop, argues Anis Shivani of Salon. Uniting their base under a banner of 'progressivism,' they managed to rile up enthusiasm among urbanites while ignoring the rest. The extreme brand of political correctness that has swept the country alienates conservatives from the liberal cause. This estrangement resulted in them becoming more entrenched in right-wing views. Both sides have used identity politics to unite their supporters, at the cost of killing constructive dialogue in the middle. Democrats should put an end to this trend by appealing to all Americans.