Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and How African Christians and Israeli Jews Became White Nationalists

Under the rules of intersectionality, all liberal minority identity groups become part of the oppressed, while all theological or political conservatives, regardless of race or sex, are the oppressor group.

So, the net takeaway is this: It doesn’t matter if you are an African Methodist, an Israeli Jew, or an American Presbyterian, if you’re theologically or politically conservative, you’re all racist and part of the “White Nationalist” movement according to the new liberal orthodoxy. Oh, and of course, pointing all of this out is racist too.

 

Over the past few years we’ve seen an increasing tendency on the part of liberals who subscribe to intersectionality or identity politics (which classify people according to their “gender identity”, race and sexual identity) to label anyone who is conservative, either politically or theologically, as racist, and increasingly as “White Nationalists.” This has often produced absurdities that would have been worthy of Alice in Wonderland.

For instance, the conservative Methodists who helped to defeat the attempt to normalize homosexuality and gay marriage in the UMC were seriously described as affirming a “White Nationalist Strain of Christianity” by Reconciling Ministries Network, an LGBT advocacy group in the United Methodist Church. This is despite the fact that the vote itself had nothing to do with race, and that the Methodist traditionalists only won because they had the overwhelming support of Black African Methodists who now make up 45% of the United Methodist Church.

It’s worth also noting that the LGBT liberals in the UMC who accused these African Methodists of being “White Nationalists” were overwhelmingly white themselves, thus creating a bizarre scenario where American whites accused African blacks of being “White Nationalists” because those Africans refused to discard traditional African Christian values and embrace liberal American/European ones. This is only possible because under the rules of intersectionality, all liberal minority identity groups become part of the oppressed, while all theological or political conservatives, regardless of race or sex, are part of the oppressor group.

The rules of intersectionality become even more absurd and confusing when it comes to Islam. In identity politics, Islam is treated as both an oppressed minority religion and as a race, so that those who oppose Islam on theological grounds, or the views of Muslim politicians on political grounds are doing so because they are racist.

This created yet more bizarre news of late when after Ilhan Omar, a Democratic Congresswoman who is Muslim, made several anti-Semitic comments, opposition to those comments was branded as racist and an evidence of White Nationalism. The absurdity of the idea that White Nationalists would be teaming up to defend Jews and Israel appears to be completely lost on the U. S. media which has swallowed identity politics hook, line, and sinker.

We are also essentially being told that anti-Semitism only occurs when liberal American Jews are attacked by “White Nationalists” or criticized by conservatives, (who are also simply lumped in with White Nationalists). When Israeli Jews, on the other hand, are attacked by Muslim Jihadists and/or Left-Wing politicians, this is simply “fighting against oppression” according to Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

Further, in recent days the tragic consequences of the media’s absolute allegiance to identity politics is being felt in places like Africa where the religious cleansing of Christians by Muslims in places like Northern Nigeria is being either ignored by the media or mischaracterized and excused by liberal organizations like Snopes. This is because since traditional Christians are associated with the political right (and are thus oppressors) and traditional Muslims are associated with the political left (and are thus the oppressed), reporting on the slaughter of African Christians would be seen as advancing the agenda of the “White Nationalists,” an attack on an oppressed victim group, and thus an “own goal” by the American media.

This has created an environment where, for instance, the American media actively promoted the #BringBackOurGirls movement to recover the kidnapped girls of Chibok, Nigeria when the girls themselves were only identified as girls, but stopped supporting it when it became known that the girls were overwhelmingly Christian. At that point the Chibok kidnappings ceased to be a story about girls and became a Muslim/Christian conflict in which the press did not want to be seen as supporting Christians (oppressors) against Muslims (oppressed).

So, the net takeaway is this: It doesn’t matter if you are an African Methodist, an Israeli Jew, or an American Presbyterian, if you’re theologically or politically conservative, you’re all racist and part of the “White Nationalist” movement according to the new liberal orthodoxy.

Oh, and of course, pointing all of this out is racist too.

Andy Webb is a Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and is Pastor of Providence PCA in Fayetteville, N. C. This article is used with permission.