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What makes a group an oppressed minority?

Asked by airowDee (1788 points ) October 2nd, 2010

Rick Sanchez is fired by the CNN after his comment about Jewish Americans not being an oppressed minority.

How would you decide if a group is an oppressed minority or not?

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NuGoonie23's avatar

I believe Native Americans are still to this day an oppressed minority.

lloydbird's avatar

Suffering the consequences of willful obstruction.With this then leading to disadvantage. As practiced by the more influential, over the less so.

wundayatta's avatar

If anyone uses someone’s minority status as a reason to deny them an opportunity or to actively target them for abuse, then they are a member of an oppressed minority. Even if a person is doing very well, they are still a member of a group that is considered an oppressed minority.

What Sanchez didn’t realize is that oppression, in this case, does not have to do with how well off a person it. It has to do with membership in a group that other people attack in one way or another simply because that group is a minority.

ETpro's avatar

What makes someone a member of an oppressed minority? Pretty simply, an oppressed minority is a group that is demonstrably a minority and oppressed.

But the premise of your question;s details is incorrect. Sanchez called Jon Stewart a bigot. He gave no credible evidence to support that charge being true. And further, he laughed off the fact Stewart is a member of a minority by claiming that Jews control Television. That is demonstrably false and bigoted. So Sanchez, himself a member of a minority that has, at times, been oppressed, was fired for bigotry—plain and simple.

lillycoyote's avatar

@ETpro Yes, Sanchez said (among other things):

Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… Please, what are you kidding? … I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they — the people in this country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority? Yeah. [sarcastically]

Yeah, “Jews control the media.” That’s kind of anti-semetic nonsense is way beyond old.

ETpro's avatar

@lillycoyote Amen, sister.

Jabe73's avatar

If you are the one race/gender not protected by affirmative action. Try having someone else get a job over you because they were a woman or a minority race even though you were way more qualified then the other applicants. I’m not a racist or sexist but I have seen the other end of the stick when it comes to this issue.

lillycoyote's avatar

@ETpro Just one WASD’s opinion. That’s White Anglo-Saxon Deist. I would be a WASP if I hadn’t ditched the Protestant baggage by the time I was 9 or 10. :-)

Jabe73's avatar

@lillycoyote Yes not a popular response on here, oh well. I’m not a Protestant :-)

ETpro's avatar

@Jabe73 Like Harry Truman said, “When your neighbor looses his job, that’s a recession. When you loose your job, that’s a depression.” There is no question that afirmative action sometimes hurts us whites. But the fact remains that only 5^ of the nations corporate CEOs are black. Whites enjoy a higher per-capita income; longer life expectancy; lower unemployment rate; far, far lower incarceratino rate, hgher level of education… In light of all that, it is hare to mount a reasoned argument that it’s time to end afirmative action today.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jabe73 “Yes not a popular response on here…” What’s not a popular response on here? I’m not sure what you are referring too?

Jabe73's avatar

@ETpro I guess we are all used to being exposed to our own backgrounds/enviroments. I work a blue collar job (not sure if being a maintenance electrician qualifies me for “gold” collar status) inside industrial settings. I am going by direct personal experiences (not just dwelling on a single event or two) and there is another side to this on both the race and gender issue when it comes to jobs/job qualifications and who is likely to get hired/fired first if a problem occurs.

I don’t want to jump off topic too much here. That will be for another day. I can only go by my own experiences with affirmative action, not the overall national scenerio. There is another negative side to this issue and it is not just some small minor inconvenience as the result of a well intentioned law.

ETpro's avatar

@Jabe73 Beleive me when I say I feel your pain. But political solutions can’t possibly focus on one person and craft a fair policy for millions based on that one anecdote. The fat is that unemployment nationally is 8.7% among whites and 16.3% among blacks. Public policy has to be targeted to deal with those facts.

airowDee's avatar

While it is ignorant and dangerous to claim any particular ethnic group controls the media, given the particular history of the Holocaust, there is no denying that the U.S mainstream media gives an overall favorable view of Israel when compared to other Muslim countries or even illegal mexian immigrants.

It does seems that it is a bigger offense to say hurtful things to some groups over another and its changing all the time; for example, offensive comment about gay people is becoming increasingly unacceptable in most circles when that was not so even only a few years ago. On the other hand, it is still quite acceptable to make negative comments about transgender people.

Among racial groups, i believe jewish people are targeted, but when compared to blacks or mexicans and especially muslim, Jewish people are still perferred or at least tolerated to a larger extent (because they look white) by those who claim racist view.

ETpro's avatar

@airowDee I think ther is denying that. There was a great and (to me) very fair special on 20/.20 l;ast night on ABC. They looked at the truth of the Muslim world and particularly the Muslim population within the USA, and contrasted it to the demonization the right wing is doing right nowe.

The US press definitely covers the Settler abuses, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, etc. They also cover the Palestinians launching rockets indiscriminately into civilian targets. I believe our press tries to cover what’s actually going on. Partisans are upset because they want coverage to only focus on the abuses of the other side.

airowDee's avatar

One word: AIPAC. I really encourage everyone to read the book called The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

I often found insulting comments against Jewish people on the internet , and I think it is sickenning, but I dont think they are the most oppressed minority by a long shot. Jewish people as a group, on average, do make alot of money and many of them do hold powerful position, of coruse they don’t control the media or Hollywood, but they are not small players either. Many other groups are almost completely made invisible under the lens of the mainstream media.

syzygy2600's avatar

Poor white people are an oppressed minority. Conservatives don’t care about any poor people, and liberals like to pretend poor whites don’t exist.

Maybe Jewish people are a little more sensitive than blacks and mexicans because no one was trying to put blacks and mexicans into ovens 60 years ago.

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