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Minorities report: why the debate over identity politics isn’t going away

As long as certain groups face marginalisation because of who they are, identity will be a political issue

By Nesrine Malik   December 2018

A Black Lives Matters peace march in Sheffield, UK in 2016. Photo: Pa

Delving into today’s identity politics debate inevitably begins with a protracted chicken-and-egg discussion. Which came first, white identity politics or the left-wing activist response to it? Is identity politics a natural response to the marginalisation of minorities, or a departure from universal goals that created tribal fractures where none existed before?

The first wave of books on identity politics came after the Trump and Brexit surprises of 2016, when (mostly) white men of liberal credentials…

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