You Don’t Speak for Me, Case Study #2

Awhile back, I wrote about the way identity politics CREATES stereotypes, though it claims the goal of erasing them.

Activists end up lumping people into categories using mainly color or gender and then speaking for the WHOLE group, as if all women and minorities feel the same way.

I challenged my readers to speak up whenever someone claims they are representing “black people” or “women” as a whole by saying in no uncertain terms:  YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR ME.

Today I came across this brilliant letter, written by an American immigrant from Jamaica and telling a black activist, plainly, that he doesn’t speak for all black people:

“My concern is that you and your book function as deputized stand-ins for the black male and the black experience in America, respectively. And I believe that as stand-ins, both fail.

Because I write as a black immigrant who chose to live in the United States, whose biggest hope as a child was to become an American citizen, and who chose to embrace the American Dream you condemn, please consider these words my Declaration of Independence—an independence that only my beloved America could have given to me.”

You can read the rest of his Declaration of Independence (from identity politics and thought-policing) by clicking here.

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