Turn on Fox News or log on to Twitter, and you'll often see the phrase "identity politics" tossed around negatively. It is used to smear the implementation of progressive policies and shift blame onto the increased representation that is seen in our current political landscape.

Here's the thing. Identity politics have always been present, and not only are they an integral part of our society but are the key to political progress.

As individuals, we all have our own identity. It is the backbone of democracy.