The “oppressed” are expert at discrimination
In one sanctimonious leap, “safe spaces” are morphing into prejudice in reverse.
Such “oppressed” groups claim that they are discriminated against by being treated as somehow separate from mainstream society. So in response they are discriminating against and separating from mainstream society.
They way they are treated, they say, justifies their treating others in an identical fashion. Of course, it does nothing of the kind. Their behaviour negates instead their claim to be unjustly treated. Rather than helping promote a tolerant, inclusive society, they are creating ghettos and social division. Banning people because they are white, male or have other distinguishing characteristics is to legitimise social exclusion on grounds of identity.
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