The U.S. is facing a very strange problem. The recent segregation of this country into ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed’ has caused a whole array of unpleasant social and cultural problems. But no one ever foresaw that the ranks of the oppressed in this country would become so great that they would threaten to form a majority of the population. This will be a tragedy for the oppressed as how can you be oppressed without oppressors? Luckily for the oppressed, the can-do inventiveness of the American people has developed a solution – move whole segments of the oppressed into the ranks of the oppressors. Looking at you, Asian-Americans.
It is astonishing that the Left really believes, or at least says that it does, that people in the U.S. are oppressed. These beliefs do not square with the fact that the U.S. is so attractive to other nations that millions of legal and illegal migrants are willing to travel thousands of miles and endure great hardships just to get here. A Gallup poll of the 33 South and Central American nations found that 10% of the adult population (42 Million) wished to leave their country permanently and live in the U.S.
Until recently, the oppressors were the White, non-Hispanic population. But the ranks of the oppressed have been growing like Topsy in the last 10 years. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) now represent 39% of the population, and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning) were at last count 7.2%.
It is strange to refer to a majority of people living in the most successful country in the world as “oppressed”. Especially considering that if African-Americans formed a separate nation it would be the 12th richest country in the world (per capita income x population), ahead of South Korea. And recent studies, such as this one in the Harvard Business Review, show that gay men earn 10% more per capita than straight men.
What is even weirder is that as the U.S. has eliminated much of its racial wrongs of the past, and as the country has become far more accepting of homosexuality, a whole array of forces have been deployed to tell us that the opposite is happening. Ideas about redistributing wealth, hitherto only subscribed to in the more wackier universities, have escaped the lab and infected our educational institutions – our entire culture – as well as one major political party (the Democrats) and many corporations.
The growth of the oppressed has been driven by the concept of “intersectionality”. Its proponents state that all discrimination perceived or real should be linked to all others. This creates powerful blocs of the aggrieved which are useful in demanding ‘equity’, aka the re-distribution of wealth. The concept has become so powerful that it is enough to obscure the fact that the various ‘oppressed’ identity groups have mutually exclusive goals. Blacks and Native Americans, for instance, have completely different aims, while Lesbians are not too partial to trans women invading their spaces.
Americans have watched this mechanism at work in real time over the last few years. In just six years, the gay and lesbian agendas, mostly around the legalisation of gay marriage, have become attached to many other groups who believe they’re being discriminated against. The astonishing 7.2% LGBTQ+ number comes from another Gallup poll. Back in 2012, when Gallup first started running such surveys, the number was 3.5%. The change is mainly in Gen Z (25 and under) and, to a certain extent, Millennials. For those born before 1980, by contrast, the numbers remain exactly the same as they were back in 2012, suggesting this has little to do with human sexuality and more to do with what young people are being taught at an impressionable age.
A steady diet of “white folks bad” (especially cisgendered, heterosexual white males) instruction in some of our school districts was revealed to parents during the Covid pandemic when children were receiving lesson plans at home. In addition, our universities have long preached this gospel with a religious passion. This has led to white students throwing their lot in with non-straight sexual identities and getting an automatic golden ticket to the ranks of the oppressed.
And this is a gift that keeps on giving. The ranks of the aggrieved have grown exponentially in the past 10 years. The plus sign on LGBTQ+ is a dead giveaway – the search for more oppressed people is open-ended and never ending. A recent study from the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) shows that 25% of high schools students identify as LGBTQ+, with growth in the currently trendy areas of Bisexual and Trans. The ranks of the oppressors will increase with migration to the US largely consisting of BIPOC people fleeing oppression – presumably to get more of it in the U.S.
The legions of the aggrieved are in danger of becoming too successful. Key to the whole boondoggle is the concept of ‘equity’. In essence, this is a demand that the ‘oppressors’ compensate the ‘oppressed’ by giving them money. But what if the distributors are outnumbered by the distributees? This problem is illustrated by the current mania for reparations. Reparations require huge amounts of dosh to be handed over to African-Americans. Many states and cities suffering under Democratic control are taking these demands quite seriously. The California reparations task force has decided that $500 Billion should be handed out. This from a state that has annual revenues of just $223 Billion.
Help is at hand, however. The ranks of grievance-seekers have noticed that Asian-Americans, a fast-growing group in the U.S., are not behaving as if they were ‘oppressed’. In fact, they are doing very well. Their average household income of $100,572 is higher than the $74,932 of White Americans. They have begun to take up the majority of places at prestigious universities, so much so that elite schools such as Harvard have had to invent ways to exclude them. With this rather alarming behaviour, the grievance-seekers have come up with a brilliant solution – to declare them “white-adjacent”. At a stroke, this has reduced the ranks of the oppressed, BIPOC division, while increasing the ranks of the oppressors.
Within this strategy, however, lurks the seeds of the destruction of this opportunistic political movement because it points to the vitality and dynamism of the American free enterprise system. How can America be systemically racist if Asian-Americans are so successful? Maybe this grievance-mongering is just another facet of this system, but at some point the race baiters will become so successful at extorting money from the ‘oppressors’ that their claims to be ‘oppressed’ will lack all credibility.
Stop Press: Black Californians should receive $1.2 million each in reparations, according to the latest plans approved by the Reparations Task Force. The Telegraph has more.