Gay Pride. Jewish Pride. Black pride. Hispanic Pride.
Ethnic pride. Minority rights vs. tyranny of the majority.
For a generation, America has been awash in the celebration of minorities and minorities celebration of themselves. Just recall Black is Beautiful or I am a woman, I am invincible.
At the same time, the majority group in America – white Christians – has been allowed to celebrate very little. Rather, they have constantly been reminded of what they should be ashamed of – their racism, sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, and xenophobia – real and alleged.
But what about minority shame?
Why does one almost never hear expressions of group shame from members of any American group other than white Christians (specifically, white Christian male heterosexuals)? Are the only evildoers in America white male heterosexual Christians? Is there something inherently wrong about members of minorities expressing anything but group pride? Are there no minority sins worthy of shame? The latter is in fact the argument advanced by many intellectuals concerning black racism, for example. For a generation, college students have been taught that it is impossible for blacks to be racist because only the racial group in power, i.e. whites, can express racism.