I have two problems with the anti-sectarianism discourse adopted by Iraqi communities in the diaspora and the homeland; the first concern is that it tries to combat sectarianism by perpetuating a homogenized religious identity, which in my opinion does more harm than benefit because it chooses to ignore the multiple identities that people occupy since the other is not comfortable with it; for them, it becomes more accommodating to create this collective identity that everyone can agree on. Thus, rather than acknowledging the differences that exist, respecting them, and accepting that your opinion shouldn’t matter nor voiced; what is being created instead is a collectively accepted avoidance mindset that renders the other as acceptable as long as they don’t exhibit their unique identity. The other problem is that even when they try to employ an approach based on citizenship, which is a relatively correct approach with regards to Iraq, they employ it in a manner that also ignores acknowledging the diversity of the society.
You see those kinds of Arabs and Iraqis specifically in western countries who go out and protest against khara ISIS? I am noticing that Iraqi youth within Iraq are basically a carbon copy of them; they have became so mainstream, so generic, so liberal-ish in their political and social gatherings. There is no revolutionary discourse and praxis anymore within the Iraqi society and most importantly within the youth communities; you either have those very liberal mindsets that worship the “composed/modern” west and everything western, or you have the hyper religious/conservative generation, and tbh both are as shitty and toxic. And of course, with the liberal youth there comes this elitism that isn’t merely based on economic factors, but also on access to and attainment of education; which renders those that don’t speak English, as a simple example, as much inferior human beings than those who do, which is obviously very misguided.