Each (insert) life matters...

Identity politics (the practice of characterizing problems and solutions in terms of categories, such as race, gender, religion, etc.) destroys society by making the category of person the object of love, justice, remedy, support. The object must be the individual, not the characteristic. People are more than the sum of their gender, race, religion, age, even genetics. Identity politics suppresses the awareness of individuals as such, and in doing do, neglects the responsibility of the helper to treat the helped with dignity and love, interferes with the ability of the helped to receive assistance with dignity and gratitude, and cheapens what should the lovingly responsible act of individuals caring for the individuals in their proximity into a politically exploitable act, resented by both the helper and helped. 

When a person is shot by the police, it’s a tragedy, not because of any characteristic, but because he was alive, and now he’s gone. Let’s examine how the political system that most people support (by voting for the right/left red/blue status quo) in turn dehumanizes them in the eyes of their community and their government, by not valuing the lives and liberty of people as individuals, but rather as categories and characteristics. Identity politics is what enables our political system to divide you into two teams, fighting for the right to run the same oppressive empire.