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Unimportant Minorities

Updated on August 30, 2014

No attention paid

We are constantly reminded to make sure that minority groups get full consideration in every facet of our society. That can be a perfectly acceptable idea depending on the situation, but let's look at the times when the crowd that claims diversity is everything, suddenly goes silent. Let's start with the political representation in districts that have been gerrymandered to include a majority of a racial minority as to ensure they are represented. With the concern being purely racial and the lines being drawn just for that race, it makes you wonder, what about the other races in that district? There will always be minority groups in any area. The problem is the only goal has been to get enough of one minority packed into one district, thereby leaving the new minorities with little to no attention. It's incredibly shallow to gleefully boast about minority representation, while at the same time not paying attention to the new minorities under that very same representation.

Minorities within minorities

Similarly, neighborhoods and parts of cities that are ethnic enclaves are also portrayed as nearly, if not totally inhabited by only one race or ehnicity. This is does a disservice to any other residents living there as the dominant race in that area will always be the face of any reference to it. We just love to say the neighborhood was "predominantly ___" as if that's all that matters. Even if 95% of a neighborhood was Italian immigrants, that last 5% will never really be mentioned or seriously thought about. We wouldn't want to assume that any white people might be living in a black neighborhood or that any Asians might be working for a company run by Hispanics. It really comes across as disingenuous to seemingly care only about one level deep of minority. There are two ways to go about to make this more consistent, either care about the sub minorities out there, or better yet, take the focus away from race altogether and get on with your life.

Majority rules?

I previously touched on when men are the victims of crimes at the hands of women, it gets very little attention for a variety of reasons. Since when did it become the rule that if more victims are of one demographic at the hands of another, then we can barely cover it if the roles don't fit that exact paradigm? So it must all be about who the bigger victim is as a group in order to get the necessary attention, right? Well that would be true, yet it doesn't seem to apply to men with child custody cases or with false discrimination claims against whites as examples. My point here is again, that we should be concerned about what happens and not be as focused on who it happens to because these injustices happen to everyone, yet I don't really hear about the imbalance of the coverage. It's almost as if they want certain stereotypes perpetuated out of fear that another group might start getting looked at as a victim and siphon off some sympathy.

Against the political grain

When it comes to politics, there is little doubt as to which group is the most harshly treated and talked about the least. Black Republicans are vilified and ostracized beyond belief by most mainstream media sources. They are not a huge chunk of the population but that doesn't make them dispensable. I guess they are supposed to truly be monolithic in their thinking and only vote one way. If they think for themselves and reach different conclusions, they are referred to as race traitors and the hope is no one will take their views seriously. It shocking that liberals, who pride themselves on being open minded, are the first ones to jump on these people to invalidate them based on political beliefs. Politics clearly trumps race here as black people turn on black people at the drop of a hat if they don't forever pledge their full support to the Democratic party. Isn't diversity and a free exchange of ideas supposed to be good? I guess it doesn't apply to political diversity and only comes down to keeping one narrative alive and silencing dissenters.

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