Read m. leblanc's Bitch Ph.D. post, "Talkin' 'Bout Real."
She explains why we should, in fact, embrace "identity politics." Why it's pernicious to play the "us and them" game in determining who fits the category of "real Americans" and who doesn't.
The impetus is recent talk about Sarah Palin, Ross Douthat's NYT column about "the democratic ideal" that seems to be "even mediocre white folks can excel," and Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination.
It's really a brilliant essay, and I urge you to read it. Go. Now.