“I am, in reality, someone who actively speaks out against victimhood and identity politics, and praises our society for the opportunities it offers all people, regardless of race” : a quote from a RoamingMillenial's text titled "Sorry SJWs, You Don't Get to Choose My Race"
Let’s just talk about why identity politics are a problem. They’re a problem because they focus on one part of someone’s identity and say this part (race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc) is the only problem or contributing factor to a situation.
The truth is, people experience inequality for a number of reasons, often simultaneously, not separately. The quote above implies that race is the only contributing factor to why people experience inequality. She appears to ignore other factors that place her in an advantaged group, such as technological ability, internet access, language ability, education, accent, and physical appearance that may contribute to her not feeling disadvantaged. By arguing that people of color discuss inequality only through the prism of race and nothing else, she too is playing identity politics, just in a different way.
No one is trying to define her ethnicity, but are pointing out that others do not feel or experience the same sense of equality she does. Intersectionalism is about recognizing that we can simultaneously be part of advantaged and disadvantaged groups, and it is the interaction of these that affects our experiences as people, not just people of color, or women, or LGBT.
“Attempting to paint race not just as our phenotypes, but as our cultural experiences, characters, and political opinions will only ever lead to more racism and more division.”
No one should invalidate anyone else's experience, including hers, but she can't invalidate other people's either by saying that in her experience she doesn't face obstacles, so therefore other peoples' experiences are invalid. It’s a false equivalency to say that her personal experience equates to aggregate experience & facts. To say that race does not factor into our experiences also ignores reality, because even for her, she cites race as something that impacts her experience.
Both the left and the right are guilty of selecting a specific part of peoples’ identities and focusing on this one element exclusively. Only by looking at all of the various factors that affect peoples’ experiences of inequality will we be able to move beyond victimhood, identity politics, and persecution narratives, but arguing that these contributing factors to inequality don’t exist do not help us do this.