In the Venn diagram of intersectionality, one group doesn’t intersect the others.
“Intersectionality” is the left-wing word of the day. Academically, it means various identity-based “oppressions” overlap and interact to reinforce each other. Practically, it means various “oppressed” groups must stick together. Having graduated from the academy to the street, it has become the social justice warrior version of the early labor movement’s One Big Industrial Union.
Skeptics argue that a coalition organized around identity-group power would eventually come to tears over conflicting grievances. After all, there are only so many redistributed taxes, political appointments and endowed chairs to go around.
So far, though, it’s mostly Jews who are getting shut out by progressives and their anti-Israel supporters who post fake eviction notices and decry “Jewish privilege.” Beginning with the Ferguson riots, the Black Lives Matter movement has been infiltrated by militant anti-Zionists, who have now used Black History Month as a platform for their hate. Linda Sarsour, a lead organizer of the Women’s March, seeks to isolate Jews from feminism, calling it incompatible with Zionism.
Unsurprisingly, liberal Jews have responded with weakness and confusion. Days before the Women’s March, The Forward published an op-ed literally titled, “Why Jewish Feminism Should Embrace, Not Fear, Intersectionality.” The Anti-Defamation League, having written glowingly of intersectionality and the Women’s March on its official blog, appears not to have any response at all. Benjamin Gladstone, like any true believer, argued in the Tablet that the fault lies not with intersectionality, but with flawed intersectionalists.