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No longer the only voice of power, white men feel oppressed

“I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to. Hatred, bigotry, and fascism should have no place in this country.”

– John Dingell, former Michigan Congressman

Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression.

Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry. Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for ‘male health care.’ The law never enslaved their great-grandparents, robbed their grandparents, imprisoned their parents, shot them when unarmed.

There is no massive effort at the state and local level to disenfranchise them of the vote. There is no history of centuries of bad science devoted to ‘proving’ their intellectual inferiority. There is no travel ban on them because of their religion. There is no danger for them when they carry dangerous weaponry publicly.

Their churches were never burned. Their lawns never decorated with burning crosses. Their ancestors never hung from trees. Their mothers are not being torn away by ICE troopers and sent away forever. They will not be forced to leave the only country they ever knew.

The president has not set up a hotline to report crime committed at their hands. They are chanting ‘we will not be replaced.’ Replaced as … what?

I’ll tell you. Replaced as the only voice in public discussions. Replaced as the only bodies in the public arena. Replaced as the only life that matters. This is ‘white people’ oppression: We used to be the only voice. Now we hold the only microphone. This is ‘white man’ oppression. We face criticism now. We were free from it, because others feared the consequences.

This is ‘oppression’ of white Christians in this country. Christmas used to be the only holiday acknowledged, now it is not. I would so love to see these people get all the oppression they insist they receive, just for a year. Just to see. Give them a world where you actually cannot say Christmas.

Give them a world where they suddenly get a 20% pay cut, and then 70 women every day tell them to smile more. Give them a world where their polo shirt makes people nervous, so they’re kicked off the flight from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis.

Give them a world where they inherited nothing but a very real understanding of what oppression really is. Give them a world where if they pulled up on a campus with torches lit and started throwing hands, the cops would punch their eyes out.

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Originally tweeted on Twitter.com as Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression

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