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An understanding of identity and how the world treats people because of it can be divorced from the politics of it. Identity politics is white people following the lead of any random black person out of a deep sense of guilt. It’s traditionally oppressed people’s rising to power in social groups and taking advantage of their new position of hierarchy. It’s less a forgetting of the way society views and uses identity. I’m calling for people to acknowledge their identity with all of its complexities but to also set our sights on destroying politics in general. So we don’t bring hierarchical corrupt power relations into our own communities. At the CHOP they were asking rando white people to give 10 dollars to random black people. One of the vocalist members of the steering crew is a millionaire housing developer. Politicing is a dead end.