Being a victim in America has become a status symbol that people seem to hold on to and guard jealously. There are so many groups who claim to be oppressed by “the system” that it is difficult to keep up with their numbers. There is almost a paradoxical type of affluence to being a victim and the subjects wear their perceived affront as a badge of honor. They walk into a room and they feel that all eyes are on them as the (fill in the blank) –American who is always persecuted just for “being who he/she is”. With this warped status symbol comes an attitude of expectation, and an outlook that they deserve special attention. These “victims” see themselves as outsiders who are constantly targeted, and refuse to believe that they have a fair shot at success, many of them do not embrace the idea that they are full-fledged Americans unless they can get the power of big Government on their side.
By viewing themselves this way, many often refuse to give the effort necessary to be successful and so find themselves as the main subjects in a series of self-fulfilling prophecies. Without providing any proof, and often referring to some incidental “evidence” they blame all or most of their problems on others discriminating against them because they are (fill in the blank) – American. This then becomes a badge of honor to them. They wear it like a Soldier garbed in his dress uniform displaying all of the insignia that he has proudly earned. This embrace of victimhood comes with its “benefits” because others often take up the cause of the victim class and project themselves as the saviors. This recognition by sometimes very prominent people then gives legitimacy to different movements that further continue to keep people in a state where they always have to look to someone else to come to their rescue. Their rescuers are often willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their perpetual support.
This attitude is dangerous because of the inertia or militant behavior that it often engenders. The victim class justifies their lack of ambition and effort, or their combativeness by blaming “the system”. They soon begin to demand rights that are not like the natural or God given rights guaranteed in the constitution (the right to speak one’s mind, religious freedom, defend oneself, be secure in one’s home, the right to your property etc.). Instead many of the rights that they demand imposes on others and/or involves the distribution of “stuff” from the government largesse. The following quote gives a look into the soul of the victim class, it reads “In claiming the status of victim and by assigning all blame to others, a person can achieve moral superiority while simultaneously disowning any responsibility for one’s behavior and its outcome. The victims ‘merely’ seek justice and fairness. If they become violent, it is only as a last resort, in self-defense. The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, never responsible nor accountable, and forever entitled to sympathy”. In their minds every difficulty they face is someone else’s fault, they believe that they should be exempt from the natural consequences of living and they go all out to ensure that their ever increasing demands are imposed on the rest of society.
America was built on the idea of hard work and self-reliance. People understood that the life they lived was directly related to the extent of the effort that they gave. They also understood that life is sometimes unfair and things can go awry, but every bad thing that happens is not always because of some ubiquitous oppressor; sometimes it’s just life. There is real injustice in the world, there are real problems that we must address and aggressively tackle head on. Americans have always confronted the clear, legitimate causes and injustices worth fighting for, they will continue to do so, and we are a much better society because of it, but too many have latched on to the coat tails of these legitimate causes to promote all kinds of dubious causes that promote the victim class and/or divides the country. People have to be willing to stand up and fight this dangerous behavior or continue to see it gain more and more ground.