An underlying paradox exists between the constitutional principle of non-discrimination and the need for targeted protections. Selective group-based laws contradict the principle of equal treatment as they create a new form of discrimination.
These selective and particular interest groups are diverse. Yet, claiming discrimination and injustices and using social victimization as their megaphone, they influence the core public policy that used to make this country the bacon for diversity and equal rights.
The constitution does not promote individualism, minoritism, and self-seeking interest groupism but a solid one-size-fits-all blueprint for equality. One nation, one law, meaning a piece of legislation that is good for one is good for all. Lately, many special interest groups have been rising on the political scene to protest to have rights that are already inherent to them. They claim to have been treated unfairly and unjustly as the constitution allows the majority to discriminate against them based on gender, race, or sexual orientation.
Under the banner of achieving equality and showcasing self-identity, and socializing victimhood, they perpetuate divisions, messes, and confusion rather than evening the playing field. They do not want the issue resolved because if resolved, their actual existence, or what makes them different from the majority, will be irrelevant. By caving to specific interests, the Constitution steers away from its non-discrimination framework to create new rights. From the perspective of the majority, the enactment of these laws leads to resentment and a perception that their voices are being silenced. The fear of disagreeing with specific interest groups to avoid being labeled discriminatory further tilts the balance between individual rights and the nation’s collective well-being.
In summary, an underlying paradox exists between the constitutional principle of non-discrimination and the need for targeted protections. Selective group-based laws contradict the principle of equal treatment as they create a new form of discrimination.
Bobb Rousseau, PhD