The Common Good

Oppression Is A Negative-Sum Game

Date: November 15, 2013

Oppression is nothing new, and it has caused suffering that echoes across generations. That one group was oppressed does not mean that members of the oppressing group--or at least their descendants--benefited from it. In a post with which I largely agree at Sojourners, Soong-Chan Rah laments "The American Church's Absence of Lament." Professor Rah goes astray, however, by lamenting "the reality of suffering and pain from which many of us in the United States have benefitted (sic, emphasis mine)."*