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The Role Of Race And Sex In Identity Politics

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“Race” and “Sex” have served as important political tools in government, specifically in the apparatus of colonialism. Given that race and sex could be perceived at both a macro and micro scale, they became a crucial factor in strategizing identity politics.
A manifestation of this is visible in the Hudgins v. Wright case, wherein the colonizer, through legal institutions such as legislatures and judiciaries, determined one’s race, their racial character and the implications of their ascribed identity. Wooly hair, dark skin, and a flat nose would classify Hudgins as Black which translated into the overarching identity of a slave. In this instance, the ascription of race to a person is determined by natural phenomenon such as appearance and
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