Are you British? Well, then, you’re not a victim of persecution. Actually, that’s a little too sweeping. You might be one of the few spouses or pensioners who are abused by partners, relatives or carers but I doubt such people have enough access to the computer to be able to stumble over this blog. You might be one of the children whose parents mete out abuse but I doubt those poor kids’ reading will have advanced enough. You might be one of the luckless members of our nation who’s been targeted by thugs in the playground, workplace or neighbourhood but I doubt it because, well, I suspect they’re too rare. The point is that you’re unlikely to be the victim of oppression because there is no broad group of people in this country who face systematic ill-treatment on such a scale as to substantially and inevitably disadvantage them. (Sorry.)
This bloke’s trolling (or, at least, I hope he’s trolling) provoked this…
I’d like to think this is a joke as in a world containing the Iraqi Christians, the Ugandan homosexuals and the North Korean North Koreans the claim that any group in 21st Century Britain is “persecuted” is, if made with a straight face, nauseating.
Sure, different groups face serious disadvantages but none of them – unless I’ve been paying no attention – are broad, violent or methodical enough to be correctly understood as systematised oppression. For example, Jewish people are more likely than members of other ethnic and religious groups to face attacks in the streets but nobody claims they’re a “persecuted minority”. The shrill, sanctimonious desire to present oneself as a victim, or, indeed, the shrill, paternalistic desire to present somebody else as a victim, leads to such clumsy, coarse and clangorous “debates” that reasonable consideration of these disadvantages is often lost. There’s also an argument to be made that some groups should be privileged but demanding entitlements makes for a less appealing argument than protesting abuse so members of such groups – like, for example, the Anglicans – suggest they’re persecuted. This initiates the arguments on such bogus premises that nothing worthwhile comes from them.
Y’know, perhaps there is a persecuted minority: the people who don’t feel they’re the victims of persecution but are forced to hear everyone else drone away.