an example of “weaponized identity politics” is stating that people should support a woman who oversaw a cia torture program because it will address the cia’s gender problem and help women’s empowerment.
when used correctly, identity politics can acknowledge historical inequities that exist between different identities and critique systems of oppression. however, ignoring someone’s actions and politics in order to cynically weaponize their identity is just another attempt to maintain the status quo whilst pretending to care about representation.
celebrating gina haspel as a feminist icon requires dismissing and dehumanizing yet again the people who were systematically tortured by the cia.
“It is possibly the
oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the
only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits
are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best
described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the
majority of the people.
Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is
conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very
many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” – The late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler