I’m embarrassed to say it.
I’ve lost touch with some of my white roots.
It’s not that I don’t act sufficiently Caucasian; I do.
But I have, apparently, in my increasing exposure to my wife and two children and various other people of color…well, I’ve nearly lost my ability to view the world through the lens of an angry white person who thinks that diversity and inclusion are dirty words and that any program designed to help people is a sign of impending socialism.
How else to explain how it’s taken me so long to figure out how such people can sleep at night?
It came to me today the reason folks can look at racial profiling, inequitable enforcement of the law, denial of homosexual marriage rights and so many other things and not feel bad.
Because those things affect “minorities.”
And, of course, because the definition of minority is “a significantly smaller portion of the population,” anything bad done to them isn’t significant. Because it doesn’t affect the majority. As long as it serves the desires of the majority or the interests of the majority, it can be as unfair as desired, because it serves the “greater good.” If troubles happen to minorities, those troubles aren’t significant.
Problem is that policies that serve only the majority often aren’t for the greater good but for a selective good to hoard power and/or wealth simply for the sake of avarice and to keep others down and as powerless as possible.
The other problem is that, taken together, “minority” groups will in the fairly near future outnumber whites in the United States. The advantage that whites have, though, is that they will continue to be the largest single ethnic bloc, and minority groups have a poor track record of banding together, even in areas of common interest.
But I can tell you one thing. If ever the various minorities do band together as one, and whites become something more truly approaching a minority, those ass-hats who defend oppression and discrimination now will demand as their God-given right all those things that they denied or tried to deny to those “minorities.”
I’m sure that’s what our Founding Fathers intended anyway…