The New Cultural Politics of Difference, By Cornel West…week 15

“Distinctive features of the new cultural politics of difference are to trash the monolithic and homogeneous in the name of diversity, multiplicity and heterogeneity; to reject the abstract, general, and universal in light of the concrete, specific, and particular; and to historicize, contextualize and pluralize by highlighting the contingent, provisional, variable, tentative, shifting, and changing”.

This idea of “new cultural politics of difference” is to prove to those who believe in a homogeneous society, that diversity is real, and that it is present. It attempts to crush generalizations based on difference but promote and teach the history and background of what constitutes difference by highlighting it’s prevalence and the changing times.

What constitutes difference?

Exterminism, empire, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, nation, nature & region.

To break down the idea of difference makes it apparent that it is much more than skin deep and difference lies between any two individuals, of the same race or not.

Certain challenges are faced by the new cultural politics of difference, those being the intelectual challenge, the existential challenge, and the political challenge. To be able to see past the political and historical past of race is key in moving forward in the changing society. 

The new cultural politics of difference evokes creative responses to the precise circumstances of our present moment.

“Distinct articulations of talented (and usually privileged) contributors to culture who desire to align themselves with demoralized, demobilized, depoliticized and disorganized people in order to empower and enable social action.
There can be no artistic break through or social progress without some form of crisis in civilization
.”

Influential people of  the world, spectators and artists alike, have become involved in helping to enable social actions by connecting and working with those less fortunate, giving them a voice, though creating.

The diaspora of minorities may be prevalent but because of these actions, they are not going unnoticed or forgotten

below are examples of various creative responses from the art industry, from fashion advertisements to illustrations 

 

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