I have to admit to a certain squeamishness when asked about my political affiliations.
The term "Identity Politics" is meaningless. It's a red herring term that distracts us from very real underlying issues of equity and social justice.
In this video, I explore how the Administration used MS-13 to develop representations of southern immigrants as dangerous "Others". Controlling representations of "Those People" can be analyzed using W.E.B. Dubois theory on the cultural elements of oppression, what I call The Discourse of the Other.
It looks like we're just going to have to deal with institutionalized structures of violence rather than try to focus on controlling the behavior of a few "bad apples."
In this time of Fake News and Alternative Facts, we need a standard for discerning what is real and what is not. We need ways of sorting through the Alternative Facts and getting the Factual Facts. Fortunately, that's pretty much what sociologists do every single minute of every day.
It is now undeniable that what was once vaunted as a marketplace of ideas is now nothing more than a boarded up strip-mall.