More on politics with @ablaze:
Ah. It’s not really clear in your piece about what “small scale identities” means. There are plenty of critics of “identity politics” that do mean women or people of color and I assumed* that you were using the same definition.
I do take your piece to be claiming: “People spend too much time fighting over the small stuff.” Which, especially in the current political environment, seems pretty off. Most of the political activity and anger I see is directed at big issues. Even when I disagree with the solutions (blocking development to prevent gentrification), the problem is real and important.
What I find frustrating is that many people (not you) seem to want to redefine big issues as small ones. And I brought that assumption* to your piece.
On the other hand, I’d challenge you on the definition of “small”: changing the name of a park can be an important fight. Think about changing a Nathan Bedford Forrest Park to a Medgar Evers Park. Or “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day”. On a small scale, the same fight could take place within a community wanting to rename a park after an important community organizer.
I think this ties into your point about how much everyone has going on underneath the surface. The small fights over what identities our communities acknowledge and celebrate are indeed worth it. There is real good and power to seeing our own histories represented in a public space. Those affirmations can also help bring up feelings of universal love.
* Making an ass of me.