Thursday, May 30, 2024

The “omnicause”: Intersectionality on steroids

Here’s a quote from an e-mail that I received on May 28, 2024 from The Free Press:

In the months since October 7, you’ve probably seen banners with slogans that don’t make a whole lot of sense. Slogans likeFree Palestine Is a Climate Justice Issue.”   Or “Reproductive Justice Means Free Palestine.”   Or “Queers for Palestine.” All of these are examples of what the writer Alysia Ames dubbed the “omnicause” back in October. 

“It seems like where ‘intersectionality’ went wrong was assuming that anyone with any claim to oppression must be part of one omnicause + global warming for some reason,” she tweeted

In other words, either you back all our causes or you back none of them. 

Those of you who have been seriously involved for years in social-justice causes know what’s going on better than I do as a newcomer to climate-change activism.  I chose to get involved in Jewish climate-activism organizations specifically, in the hope of avoiding anti-Semitism.  But I carefully chose Jewish organizations that focus exclusively on climate action.  I’d been involved previously in a Jewish social-justice organization that claims to be focused on local political issues, yet, somehow, devotes an entire page of their website to the Israel/Palestine issue.  Feeling like an outsider in a social-justice organization simply by virtue of being a Zionist was uncomfortable.  Why can’t social-justice organizations simply focus on the issue at hand rather than insisting on so-called ideological purity regarding every political issue imaginable?  Is this “omnicause” approach authentic, or is it just a classic case of “virtue signaling?”


Blogger X said...

Out of curiosity: Would you reject ideological purity in general? For instance, would you accept someone into your synagogue who believes in significant genetic causes for average human racial and ethnic differences on important traits such as IQ and criminality but who is nevertheless willing to not talk about it in the synagogue and be a good synagogue member?

Fri May 31, 01:46:00 AM 2024  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

If they were willing to not talk about it in synagogue, we probably wouldn't know.

Sat Jun 01, 11:55:00 PM 2024  
Blogger X said...

They could mention it to you in private conversation outside of synagogue or you could discover what they write online.

Tue Jun 04, 06:50:00 PM 2024  

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