Treating Both Cancers Together: Discrimination in Identity Politics and Economic Injustice


Hello, sweet peas and pumpkins. I wish to apologize for the fact that there have lately been a lot of excess blog entries that don’t strictly adhere to the topic of tarot. This space, however, is as much a personal blog as it is a place to discuss and share the art of the cards, and whereas social-societal health and human psychology have as much to do with tarot readings as they do with politics, I have taken the opportunity to present ideas and issues that I feel need some contemplation and that I hope you find as important and intriguing as I do. At this particular time in United States history, it is no time to keep silent…or to keep intellectual inquiry stifled…or to allow injustices to go unchallenged, unheeded, or unconfronted. To that end, I have added a new Category to my blog roll called “Social Justice” as a place to file those entries upon which I find myself needing to express thoughts and ideas or which deserve sharing with a wider audience.  



Nicholas Kristof, a writer on human rights, women’s rights, health, and global affairs at the New York Times has written an op-ed piece on the conflict of liberal ideology picking its battles between identity politics and more general economic disparity and injustice.


Over and over recently—in light of the recent catastrophic loss in elections that the Democratic party has suffered—we hear from political aficionados and strategists who decry that the party’s too-focused priority on “identity politics” has undermined its appeal to a “moderate” base…that “fighting for the rights of Muslims, gays, blacks and Latinos but neglecting themes of economic justice that would appeal to everyone, [and] working-class whites in particular,” has left the Democratic party without sufficient appeal or sympathy.



Kristof uses the example of an African-American family that has suffered the loss of four of its children…all to different circumstantial travesties: crib death, cancer, mistaken identity in a gang-related drive-by, and over-excessive response by a white police officer (the victim was not armed and had his hands in the air). Kristof rightly points out that all of these disparate causes of death have greater disproportionate victims in the black population than in other populations…often because of the common denominator of economic inequality that burgeons out of racial discrimination.


Read the whole enlightening thing here.





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