@McReynoldsJoe @wesyang Whether or not this discomfort is a widespread trend in reality, it certainly seems like this is an *aim* of at least some branches of wokeness -- to make White people as uncomfortable as Black and Asian people have been forced to be heretofore.
@McReynoldsJoe @wesyang In other words, faced with a nation where White people felt like a comfortable majority and Black and Asian people felt like uncomfortable minorities, one popular "solution" is to minoritize White people as well, so that *everyone* is an equally uncomfortable minority.
@McReynoldsJoe @wesyang But is this the optimal solution? Instead, I wish we could have become a nation in which *no* groups of people feel like uncomfortable minorities; in which everyone feels like a respected, safe member of the American majority.

@McReynoldsJoe @wesyang Fairness is a good thing, all else equal. But I want an America that doesn't just tell everyone -- to quote R. Lee Ermey from "Full Metal Jacket" -- that we're all equally scum.

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