Is Identity Politics Offensive — or Defensive?

Kids Flaunting Identity Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

Like most presidential years, 2020 will present rampant pandering,

appealing to voters by race, ethnicity, or sex.

The pejorative understanding of identity politics is that voters are being asked to elevate the accident of their genetic heritage over competence of candidates or, in most exaggerated form, the interests of some subset of Americans over the…