Minority Report


Hi, I’m the minority.

I know that hearing a white male who identifies as a heterosexual saying he’s the minority may sound odd, but that’s how I feel.

There have been rare times in my life I’ve felt like I was in the majority, but overall, I think I’ve been in the lesser half. Most people in Wisconsin love football, and love beer, and use Windows, and voted for Walker, and do all sorts of stuff I don’t do. Life goes on, and that’s fine.

My problem is that I’ve got friends that are not males, and don’t identify as heterosexual, and I don’t think it’s right that they aren’t treated as I am, and are not given the sames rights as I am. I’ve got friends who are teachers, who have made sacrifices because they believe that educating our youth is important, maybe more important than another career that might pay more money.

I feel like those on the right are concerned that someone is getting something they don’t deserve, while my own point of view is that I’m concerned that someone else is being denied something most others get. That “something” being the things I get because I’m a white male heterosexual.

I’m not a greedy person. I don’t live in a fancy house (I don’t even own a house) and I drive a crappy old car that frequently breaks, and I still eat Mac & Cheese and peanut butter sandwiches all the time, and I fine with all that. I guess what I’m not fine with is telling women that they should make less money than I do for the same work, or telling LGBT folks that they can’t have the same rights I do, or telling teachers that they’re lazy and trying to steal my tax money.

Maybe I’m just an optimist, and like to try to see the good in people instead of assuming the worst and living in fear that someone will get more than they should, and by that happening I’ll somehow get less than I should.

So yeah, I’m in the minority again, and that’s fine, because I’m used to it, but I still wish there was a way for everyone be treated equally, and beyond all that, I’ve got one request for you: please don’t be an asshole.

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