Politicians who think that victory is a matter of appealing to various identity groups may be shocked to learn that it isn’t that simple. People can’t be defined by something as basic as skin color. For instance, the assumption that blacks will always side with liberals insultingly ignores the fact that human beings of all colors hold a wide range of beliefs. For instance, liberals who compare gay rights to the civil rights movement of the 1960s have been met with angry pushback for trying to equate sexual behavior with something over which people have no control: their skin color.
Now, a new twist: this morning, a group of black Christian leaders gathered outside the Supreme Court to voice support for Jack Phillips, the white Christian baker from Colorado who is being put through a legal wringer for turning down a same-sex wedding job. Declaring, “We’ve got your back, Jack,” and “Gay is not the new black,” the protesters made it clear that to them, identity group politics do not outweigh the First Amendment right to practice your religious beliefs without fear of being persecuted by the government.
That’s the problem with trying to succeed by dividing Americans into warring groups. People aren’t one-dimensional. They fit into lots of groups, sometimes ones you don’t expect. In fact, assuming that people think a certain way on issues just because of their skin color is…dare I say it?...racist.
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