Assigning self-definitions and labels have the potential to be liberating. Finding common ground along with embracing differences, also have the potential to be liberating. Creating a balance between self-defining and finding commonalities has the utmost potential to unite and liberate, too.
p.s. Yesterday my professor shared Mark Lilla’s article about “identity liberalism,” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-identity-liberalism.html. Lilla was also interviewed last week on National Public Radio (NPR) here: http://www.npr.org/2016/11/25/503316461/columbia-professor-says-democrats-need-to-move-beyond-identity-politics. His ideas made me think about what America may have to do to find and maintain a connection, despite the divide. Here’s to searching for ways!