Six Sentence Story- Who Might Oppress?


John and Benjamin were assigned to be college roommates, so they were given each other’s email addresses and phone numbers in order for them to become acquainted prior to moving in.

Each young man was pleased that they immediately ‘hit it off’ because they’d heard so many “roommate nightmare” stories from well-meaning friends and family as well as tales about something ugly called ‘wokeness’.

Having been the valedictorians of their smalltown high schools, ‘pounding the books’ had been their primary focus so they hadn’t really explored political topics and considered themselves boringly ordinary.

On ‘moving in’ day everything went smoothly with their parents meeting and making an immediate comfortable connection giving them all a chance to recognize their similar hopes and family values which drove away some of the ‘jitters’ the parents all had about their two ‘only children’ having a great Freshman experience.

After the first week of classes, Benjamin noticed John sitting outside of the campus student center with his head in his hands and papers scattered on the ground, but he was late for a meeting with his Biology lab partner, so he figured he’d get the details later on and rushed inside only to be confronted by a full-fledged assault of young women screaming at him “Oppressor!” and physically spinning him right back out of the door!

Benjamin staggered over to John, “I’ve NEVER oppressed anyone! Is this what our parents were warning us about? I’m SO confused!” to which John responded, “Welcome to the club.”.

27 thoughts on “Six Sentence Story- Who Might Oppress?

  1. Balance is never an instantaneous achievement of that perfect point; it is preceded by movement towards both ends of the spectrum.
    Nice Six, Susan.
    (and full on synchronicity, as I recently read about the incident at ASU a year ago)

    1. Thanks Nick. In this case, it’s full on indoctrination insanity not one of those pendulum swings, IMO.
      We’d moved beyond racism and the patriarchy by the 80s. I was there. 😁😉

  2. The Doctrine, often, if not, ad nauseam reminds us of the incalculable power (and benefits) of the concept of ‘perspective’, as in ‘additional….’
    The most difficult thing for us (imo) is to accept that reality is personal. And, while that may not affect other in our world, or their behavior, it certainly cuts down on how much time and energy we waste in the one day we have.
    ya know?

    1. I do not disagree with your ‘live and let live’ philosophy and that human beings make everything more complex with their personal perceptions.
      But, human beings in groups lose much of their capacity to reason, empathize, and to adopt the “live and let live” attitude for themselves. That is when ‘their reality’ becomes powerful and dangerous.
      Reality and truth are not subjective. Like a pork chop served for dinner, we can add spices, condiments, and side dishes according to our tastes but it does not become a chicken leg.
      Tragically, in our modern society, young people not only call it a chicken leg, they believe we are required to as well. It’s more than alarming from a historical perspective where mass delusions and fears have not worked out well for humankind.
      Thank you, sir, for your insightful comment!

  3. How many of these young women would think it okay if their parents punished them for something their sibling did? What, none of them? Yet they have no problem punishing other people for crimes they never committed. It’s sad and scary and makes me very angry with those who choose not to think.

  4. You bring up an important topic in this story. I can agree with the concept of white privalege (within reasonable parameters – it is often over-emphasized in importance and relevance), but white guilt is NOT something that should be shoved on people who are merely the descendants of the people who were guilty.

    I took an Aboriginal (Canadian)history class in university, and during one class we discussed white guilt, and whether we should feel it or not, and one of my classmates, erroneously assuming that we were all 10th generation British Canadians, said, “of course we should have white guilt! Our direct, flesh and blood great-great-grandfathers did this to the First Nations peoples!” He was then confused and then sheepishly quiet when I said that I was a 2nd gen Dutch immigrant, and my direct great-great-grandfathers were busy farming in Holland and had zero connection to anything happening in Canada at the time.

    No, I instead believe that individuals should held personally responsible rather than letting them shrug off the responsibility onto their descendants / your future neighbour’s descendants. The actually guilty people need to stay on the hook and not be let off it.

    1. Thanks for sharing your own experience!
      Over all, there seems to be a widespread effort to divide and conquer Western civilization and young people’s minds are a formidable weapon in that pursuit.
      It would be such a pleasure to pursue this topic with people ‘in person’ but the fear of political retribution is large. Speaking up is the most we can do. ❤

    1. The farther one is from Universities, the more rational and independent are the opinions. Our media, educational system, and government, has a chokehold on the narrative. The individual and personal responsibility are core American principles but the spread of ‘identity politics’ is very real and is quite maliciously being used to divide us eroding destroying our foundation.
      I feel as though I’m watching our fabric come apart. 😢
      Thank-you for the question. I needed to formulate the answer for myself. 😊❤

      1. It seems that we as a (human) race find it impossible to strike a balance. We needed Women’s Lib, Gay Rights, anti-racism movements, etc, but then just kept going right through the point where it made sense. As an educated white male I now feel like a threatened species!

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