Despite good intentions, the teaching of intersectionality in an increasingly polarized society is leading to angry anti-white, anti-male sentiments, warns Jonathan Haidt, a Jewish, atheist professor of social psychology at New York University whose scholarship is celebrated by many conservative Christians.
“The idea is bright and useful and if you watch your TED Talk it’s good. It’s nothing I object to. It’s helpful… but here’s the problem — when we teach intersectionality on American college campuses today, in a very polarized climate … you’re teaching people to see more differences. To divide people into the oppressor group and the oppressed group,” Haidt said Thursday at the inaugural Anita and Antonio Gotto Lecture Series at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
The term “Intersectionality” was popularized by civil rights activist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. Crenshaw wrote in a paper for the University of Chicago Legal Forum that traditional feminist ideas and antiracist policies exclude black women because they face overlapping discrimination unique to them.
“Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated,” Crenshaw wrote in the paper.
Haidt, who recently co-authored The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure with First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff, highlighted the concept as part of a larger presentation that looked at how parents and educators were failing to prepare the next generation to be as strong and resilient as they need to be. He also discussed how a better understanding of human moral psychology can bring people together across political and religious divides and how the use of ancient wisdom can help put the nation back on the right path.
“This is not just categorization. This is a moral scheme. The people above the line are morally bad,” he said pointing to an illustration of intersectionality. “They have privilege and they use that privilege, they guard that privilege and they will oppress others to maintain that privilege.
“And people here (oppressed) are morally good, they are victims … there is some truth to that. There are of course some cases where this is true. But to take Americans, a multiethnic society, to take human beings who have evolved from tribalism who at the drop of a hat will divide into groups, to take them and to teach them to think this way even more than they are naturally inclined to is really regressive,” he said.
The increasingly common result of teaching intersectionality he said is “really explicit angry anti-white or anti-male” sentiments which will not lead to a more inclusive harmonious society.
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Source: Christian Post