In a secular world, a new religion has emerged from the ashes of traditional faiths.
One word has become ubiquitous among social justice warriors in the media, academia and grassroots organizations: intersectionality. Surprisingly, that word didn’t exist until 1989. What does it mean? Here is Google’s definition:
“The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”
Example: “through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us”
The idea is simple and intuitive. Certainly, the lived experience of an Asian woman is different than the lived experience of a black woman. However, this seemingly benign analogy has blossomed into a secular religion where “privilege” is the original sin and a person’s identity is entirely predicated on his immutable characteristics, such as race, body type, ethnicity, immigrant status and many other indicators that the individual has no control over.
What started out as a useful tool to help people understand how prejudices can be amplified has become a monster that causes division and conflict, instead of unity and collaboration. “Intersectional Theory” has created an infinite number of different victim categories that compete against one another for victim supremacy. Intersectionality has not emancipated the “oppressed” by destroying hierarchies that benefit the “privileged.”
Instead, it has created a new religious hierarchy. And the only way to get to the top is to possess the greatest number of overlapping victim classifications.