Author: Walter Benn Michaels

Teaches in the English Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His most recent book is The Trouble with Diversity (Metropolitan, 2006); his next will be The Death of a Beautiful Woman: Form Now.

Identity Politics: A Zero-Sum Game

Walter Benn Michaels

The current hard times have been harder on some people than on others, harder on the poor—obviously—than on the rich; but harder also on blacks and Hispanics than on whites. As of this writing, the unemployment rate for blacks is at 15.6 percent, and for Hispanics it’s at 12.7 percent. For white people, it’s 9.3 percent. 1 Read more