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Against multiculturalism
Malik, Kenan
Article
2002
Multiculturalism is an authoritarian, anti-human outlook. True political progress requires not recognition but action, not respect but questioning, not the invocation of the Thought Police but the for...
Away with the gatekeepers!
The bane of cultural appropriation
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Kenan Malik
On the the controversies over 'cultural appropriation' and what they reveal about the degradation of contemporary campaigns for social justice.
Beyond the Sacred
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
A transcript on Malik's talk "Beyond the Sacred" at a conference on blasphemy.
Beyond the Spectacle
Ignatiev, John Garvey-Noel
Article
2015
Counter Punch
Our initial reaction to the Rachel Dolezal story was: what's the big deal? America has always been a land of shape shifters, and if she isn't stopped for "driving while black" or followed while shoppi...
Black Immigrants, 'Model' Minority? Plus: Don Imus
Dickerson, Debra
Article
2008
Mother Jones
'Black' is a label which obscures more than it illuminates.
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
A critique of anti-assimilation
Operaista, Gayge
Article
2011
libcom.org
In this piece, Gayge Operaista critiques how anti-assimilation politics of many radical queer tendencies ignores class struggle, and recasts queer liberation in terms of the class struggle, countering...
A debate on ‘Who speaks for me?’ - Tanuka Loha vs. Kenan Malik
Loha, Tanuka; Malik, Kenan
Article
2006
Catalyst
Kenan Malik says: I reject representation by identity not only because the idea that one should be represented only by one’s own kind is, and always has been, at the heart of the racist agenda, but al...
Feminist Perspectives on Trans issues
Article
2009
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The relationship between feminism and transgender theory and politics is surprisingly fraught. The goal in this entry is to outline some of the key philosophical issues at the intersections, and this ...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Pandaemonium
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
From Jenner to Dolezal: One Trans Good, the Other Not So Much
Reed, Adolph Jr.
Article
2015
Common Dreams
As is ever clearer and ever more important to note, race politics is not an alternative to class politics; it is a class politics, the politics of the left-wing of neoliberalism. It is the expression ...
How 'diversity' breeds division
Mirza, Munira
Article
2004
Spiked
Diversity training is supposed to help 'promote good relations' between different ethnic groups and capitalise on workforce diversity. However, there is warranted scepticism about whether such trainin...
Hungary Law Requires Photographers to Ask Permission to Take Pictures
Nolan, Daniel
Article
2014
The Guardian
Civil code that outlaws taking pictures without permission of everyone in the photograph is 'vague and obstructive' say critics.
Identity is that which is given
Malik, Kenan
Article
2008
In this age of globalisation many people fret about Western culture taking over the world. But the greatest Western export is not Disney or McDonalds or Tom Cruise. It is the very idea of culture.
Identity politics
Connexipedia Article
Article
Refers to political arguments that focus upon the self interest and perspectives of social minorities, or self-identified social interest groups.
Inclusion or exclusion
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, ar...
John Pilger on Class Vs "Identity"
Pilger, John
Film/Video
2016
goingundergroundRT Youtube Channel
Award-winning journalist & film-maker, John Pilger describes the corrosive impact of "identity" politics and the loss of "class" as a tool to understand the world we live in.
Malik, Kenan
Connexipedia Article
Article
Writer, lecturer and broadcaster. (Born 1962).
Mistaken Identity
Malik, Kenan
Article
2008
Historically, antiracists challenged both the practice of racism and the process of racialisation; that is, both the practice of discriminating against people by virtue of their race and the insistenc...
Multiculturalism or World Culture?
On a "Left"-Wing Response to Contemporary Social Breakdown
Goldner, Loren
Article
1991
Post-modernists are profoundly bored by any questions of economics and technology which cannot be connected to cultural differences. The implicit agenda of the multiculturalists is to present the valu...
The OIC does not speak for Muslims
Fatah, Tarek
Article
2008
Tarek Fatah says that "To suggest that any criticism of Islamism, the political ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Ayatollahs, is anti-Islamic is a bogus and fraudulent position. I wou...
On the Second Coming of Religion
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
Wordpress
The question we should ask is not just: ‘What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways?’ It is also: ‘What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, bo...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices covers a wide range of issues, from the climate crisis and the ecosocialist response, to terrorism and the struggle against religious fundamentalism, as well as items on urb...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 5, 2016
International Women's Day
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
In this issue of Other Voices, we mark International Women's Day. An article written by Alexandra Kollontai in 1920 talks about the early history of this event, which grew out of a proposal put forwar...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
Political Correctness: Handle with Care
Street, Paul
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Racial, gender, and ethnic diversity matters, of course, but political correctness (PC) tied to bourgeois identity politics can be deadly to left thinkers and activists and to the causes of peace and ...
A queer take on Safe Schools and identity politics
Copland, Simon; Riley, Benjamin
Article
2016
Overland
In recent weeks, the debate over the Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program has intensified, taking what is in many ways a bizarre turn. The brief suspension of program architect Roz Ward from h...
Race, pluralism and the meaning of difference
Malik, Kenan
Article
1998
New Formations
Far from establishing a critique of racial thinking, the politics of difference appropriates many of its themes and reproduces the very assumptions upon which racism has historically been based. Most ...
Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy
Walsh, David
Article
2016
World Socialist Web Site
Should artwork be categorized and presumably appreciated according to whether it represents a male or female, black or white perspective? Many critics, influenced by the prevailing ideology, set up th...
The Real Value of Diversity
Malik, Kenan
Article
2002
The real failure of multiculturalism is its failure to understand what is valuable about cultural diversity. There is nothing good in itself about diversity. It is important because it allows us to co...
Sources HotLink - June 30, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Sources
Articles about the FBI and the information it gathers, Donald Trump and the media, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in suppressing information.
Thinking About Self-Determination
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1994
Canadian Dimension / Ulli Diemer
Does that familiar canon of the left, 'the right to self-determination', actually mean anything, or is it an empty slogan whose main utility is that it relieves us of the trouble of thinking criticall...
The Tragic Transgender Contagion
French, David
Article
2016
National Review
Anguished parents note that entire peer groups seem determined to 'transition' together.


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