Monday, February 20, 2017
Are we seeing the end of identity politics?
Victor Davis Hanson says that class is finally reemerging as a better barometer of privilege than is race. The children of Barack Obama, for example, have far more privilege than do the sons of Appalachian coal miners — and many Asian groups already exceed American per capita income averages. When activist Michael Eric Dyson calls for blanket reparations for slavery, his argument does not resonate with an unemployed working-class youth from Kentucky, who was born more than 30 years after the emergence of affirmative action — and enjoys a fraction of Dyson’s own income, net worth, and cultural opportunities.