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It’s class, not identity, that binds people together

03 November, 2017

• THERE is far too much emphasis today on identity politics, lumping people together according to their colour or gender.

That assumes that everyone in that group is identical, but they are not. The black or ethnic minority director of a global business has very little in common with a black or ethnic minority worker in, say, a distribution centre or on a building site.

The same applies to women in powerful positions of authority. What have they got in common with women working in care homes or at a supermarket checkout?

The one thing that binds people together is their class. The working class, for example, consists of men and women, black and white, young and old, gay and straight. Much more inclusive.

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