Continuing with my “Grown Men Playing Dungeons and Dragons” theme, there is another strange psychology at play here in the United States. That is the belief of just about every group, no matter how large, that they are an oppressed minority.
Many Christians think they are an oppressed minority. Here’s future Senator of South Carolina Tim Scott talking about how Christians are the most oppressed group in the country:
I have news for you, Christians who think you are being oppressed, being prevented from pushing your views onto others through government is not oppression. Yes, you’ve gotten away with it for many years without much blowback. That’s normal when a vast majority controls just about everything. What you’re seeing is not you being oppressed. It’s minorities finally sticking up for their rights to not be bullied through government. You are simply finally not being allowed to get away with things that have been always been unconstitutional. You still control every branch of government in every state. You still outnumber every other religious denomination by a very large margin. So quit acting like the spoiled kid that always got his way until someone finally confronted him about his behavior.
The next vastly oppressed minority is men. That’s right, men. Who are we being oppressed by? Women, apparently. Not just any women, though. Feminists! I won’t link to any of the websites, but look up Men’s Rights Activists if you’re interested in mucking through some real slime. Seriously, it’s some of the most vile crap you will find on the interwebs. On the plus side, their web sites make for great logical fallacy bingo games.
Another incredibly oppressed minority in the United States is white men. I know this because Mitt Romney lost the presidential election:
Poor white men. They only control 82% of the Senate and a similar amount in the House while only representing 33% of the population. It’s so difficult to be a white male these days!
All of the above scenarios are really about not recognizing privilege. Christians have it. Males are up to their heads in it. White males are swimming in an ocean of it. The oppression these groups feel is merely their privilege taken away from them. Slowly, but surely, the level of privilege in this country is being evened. We have a long way to go, but like the wind eroding a mountain, our progress can not be stopped.