What do you call it when…

What do you call it when a person is barred from engaging in an activity as a result of his/her heritage, sexuality, or gender identity? If your answer was, “It depends on the person’s heritage, sexuality, or gender.”, you are a part of the problem. There are those of us who hold identities tied with historic oppression and those of us who hold identities tied with privilege. But to lump us all together, to say I am one who did oppressing because of the color of my skin, causes you to fall victim to the same illogical reasoning behind any other kind of bigotry. But I’ve been told that I am not socially permitted to protest the election of Donald Trump the same way my brothers and sisters of other socially defined “race”, sexuality and gender are.

It follows logic to say a majority of Trump’s supporters are of European dissent. But when we say “white” people voted this lunatic into office, we need to understand that the words “white people” in this claim do not describe all people of European dissent. I didn’t vote for him. But, I have read, his winning the election is my fault because of the color of my skin. When someone says, “White people can’t protest this because white people are responsible for it.”, the words “white people” in this claim hold different meanings in different parts of the sentence. The first refers to all people of European dissent. The second refers to a portion of United States citizens.

Forget, for a second, the moral perspectives of negatively stereotyping groups of people, It’s just not logical. I’ve been told some citizens of European dissent wear these anti-trump safety-pins as means of showing they are allies against the man’s bigotry. Still, this persecutive divides us. It says the problem isn’t ours, but we are willing to stand by those who happened to belong to a minority group. This is bigger than that. Bigotry is a problem for all of us, even those of us who happened to belong to all of the social classifications of the bigot. We are one! We need to stop acting like others’ problems are not our own.

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