Jewish World Review Feb. 22, 2006 / 24 Shevat, 5766
Lost in the Tunnel of Oppression
As part of their university education, students across the country are being asked to walk through a traveling "Tunnel of Oppression" to raise their awareness of alleged injustice.
The young people saunter from the "Homophobia Room," decorated with signs proclaiming "No Tears for Queers" or "Thank G-d for AIDS," to the "Linguistic Oppression Room" with the message "Welcome to America Now Speak English!"
At the University of Washington, one of the proud participants in this national project tearfully announced: "Hopefully, someday there won't be a need for a Tunnel of Oppression."
Actually, there's no need for such an exhibit now. The dictionary definition of oppression is "unjust or cruel exercise of authority" and no group in America today is singled out for such treatment.
In fact, our nation has made conspicuous efforts to redress past injustice. Young people of every race and condition would benefit from focusing on tomorrow's opportunities, rather than yesterday's oppression.
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