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Glexdy Rodriguez Professor Alex Melonas Politics of Identity September 9, 2018 Polarization In the contemporary world, a transition from fundamentalism to liberalism is taking place throughout the world in terms of political, cultural and educational shift. However, this transition is also giving rise to certain complications and overlapping of interests. In the U.S. politics, an increased clash between left and right is being witnessed in which the policy opinion(s) of different Americans is seen more and more aligned with one or the other political group/party. Partisanship remains one of the most divisive factors of all conflicts between different groups in the U.S., 86% of Americans see strong conflicts between Democrats and Republicans. Yet, these political differences do not always amount for a teething cause but the new wave is witnessing intensification of this. Which is an example of how our identities irredeemably divide the US polity. The U.S. politics has seen some surprising changes after 2016. The Liberals and the Democrats not only maintain differences on key policy issues but are also increasingly adopting extremism of various forms; from being unwilling to reside near each other to become friends or get in a relationship with members of the opposite group. To such an extent that a Nike Ad with Colin Kaepernick is able to cost so much controversity throughout the U.S, that people began burning their Nike products. This adversity has developed socio-cultural rejection based on politics (group membership) that is termed as affective polarization that gives rise to a notion of different feeling towards different members (on same issue/matter) owing to their political inclination. The phenomenon of affective polarization is snowballing into massive intolerance in the U.S. because it is also creating room for rampant mistrust and legislative snarl-up [Cam18]. Meanwhile, the U.S. has gone through a demographic shift and continues to undergo more changes but this shift has not eliminated minority discrimination. A chaotic environment is intact in the U.S. recently a survey revealed that 43% of black Americans think
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