Thoughts on “reverse discrimination”, a new form of “justified” discrimination

Here’s a thought I had (it seems I’ve spoken of similar things before):

There is something which I call “reverse discrimination”.  This is a unique and bizarre phenomena.  For some reason, I’ve always had a hard time explaining it.  In the simplest words, I’d say that it is the accusation of someone of having “bad feelings” toward other people which the accuser actually feels.  In addition, they accuser tends to hide themselves behind some “high cause”.  This is why if someone accuses someone of, say, being “racist” then it often means that they are “racist” or feel a dislike for other people.  I recall, many times being confused when someone accused someone of something that I couldn’t help but think, ” . . . then why is it that you look like you’re the one who is filled with these feelings . . . who hates who here!?”  I find that “reverse discrimination” is common with black people and females.

Its because they accuse someone of discriminating but are actually doing it themselves that I call it “reverse discrimination”.  I started to notice this phenomena in the 1980’s.  Its grown quite extensively in the 21st century and has changed somewhat over time (see below).


Some of the traits seen in “reverse discrimination” include:

  • That the person who displays “reverse discrimination” feels the feeling that they are accusing the person of
  • That they project these feelings onto other people
  • That they accuse other people of these feelings
  • That the accusation is toward a specific “bad feeling” that reflects the feeling they are feeling
  • That they hide behind some “high cause”
  • That this “high cause” makes them “innocent”

These give “reverse discrimination” qualities such as:

  • A “projection of ones self”.  In actuality, “reverse discrimination” is really a projection of ones own “bad feelings” onto other people.  In a sense, people are accusing oneself through other people.
  • A “self-righteous hypocrisy”.  Its really nothing but a hypocrisy.    
  • A “double standard justified by high cause”.  In addition, in many cases, they will often do what they condemn other people of doing but, of course, that its “OK” for them to do it.  As a result, it takes on a quality of a double standard.
  • A “justified favoritism”.  The result of all this is that a favoritism is created, favoring specific groups and neglecting others.
  • A “philosophy of victimization”.  Because it is accusing of other people it tends to become a point of view of victimizing people.

A good example of these mentalities is a message that has appeared recently on (February, 2019) that appalled me. On the upper right it says “shop women-run businesses” . . . they got their own special link!  Can you imagine if it said something like “shop male-run businesses” or, better yet, “shop white male-run businesses”?  Yeah, I’m sure they’ll do that.  But, of course, its “OK” for them to do that . . . and you know they have a fancy justification for it.  I see stuff like this all the time.  The hypocrisy and double standard that has started to appear in this country, in the name of democracy, is almost unreal.  What’s being created is a new form of “democratically justified discrimination”.


Some of the “bad feelings”, that people are accused of in “reverse discrimination”, include:

  • That they are displaying a hatred of some form
  • That they are displaying a favoritism or entitlement
  • Of feeling or being threatened by them or an apprehension
  • Of things associated with tribal feelings, such as that they want to be with people like themselves and not want to be around different people

Several words that are often used in “reverse discrimination” are “racism” and “sexism”.  They also use expressions like “hate crime”, rights, discrimination, and such.  Almost all the “bad feelings” have origin in the conditions of the post WWII and cold war world, which is where this phenomena originates from (see below).


I am under the impression that “reverse discrimination” originates from the post WWII and cold war panic.  Some of the traits of this include:

  • That, after WWII, there developed a fear of war and a fear of the hatred between people.  This would grow during the cold war panic.
  • This hatred was particularly seen with the Nazi’s and the Holocaust and the emphasis on race.
  • In the U.S. this fear of hatred because of hate (the Holocaust) would reflect itself in the Civil Rights Movement (what I jokingly call “America’s little Holocaust”).  This caused a tendency to use the American Constitution as justification and cause.
  • That the Vietnam War protests, and Hippie Movement, aggravated these feelings.  Being popular movements, citing democracy, they caused a tendency where “the people are automatically right”.

All these would figure in the mentality seen in “reverse discrimination”.  These include:

  • That there is a fear behind it all.  In effect, “reverse discrimination” is reflecting a fear that people have.  When people condemn they are reflecting their fear.  In a way, to call someone a “racist” is like saying “I’m frightened the Holocaust will happen again”.  In other words, initially, it reflected peoples real concerns.  But, as this mentality grew, it established a mentality where another motive was hidden behind the condemnation.  This established a hypocrisy tendency in “reverse discrimination”.  In some respects, it is this quality that begins the problems of “reverse discrimination”.
  • That it generally reflects problems between people, not individuals.  This originates in the fact that its based in a race-based conflict (the horror of war and the Holocaust).
  • That socially accepted authorities are used as “justification”.  Examples of these would include the U.S. Constitution, law, and principles of democracy.  Later would be added many Christian principles and ideas, such as love, peace, goodwill, etc.  These would be the source of the “high cause” people hide behind in “reverse discrimination”.
  • Since “the people are right” there developed a self-righteous attitude in “reverse discrimination”, an attitude of “if I say it then I’m right”.
  • Because this mentality is based in a situation that happened in the past and which people fear will happen again (WWII, the Holocaust, etc.) it is seldom rooted in an actual event but in “what might happen”.  As a result, there is a tendency for people to see these problems in things when, in actuality, the problem does not exist at all.  Because of this, “reverse discrimination” tends to fabricate problems that don’t exist.  


Much of the framework for this mentality would be established by the 1970’s.  But the changing conditions of time brought on new issues . . .

The 1980’s – a means of power

As a result of the Vietnam War protests, and Hippie movement, people began to find that “reverse discrimination” gave them some form of political, legal, or social power.  This seemed to grow slowly in the 1970’s and became strong in the 1980’s, when I first noticed this phenomena.  People found that by accusing people they could get their way.  Females and minorities were to exploit this quite extensively.  It was also used extensively in law and started a law suit crisis which continues to this day.

The discovery of power in “reverse discrimination” made it so that it became a “means to an end”, primarily to get what they wanted.  In other words, there wasn’t necessarily any belief in it . . . they just cited it when they needed it. In a sense, this new-found power gave “reverse discrimination” an empty and blind quality.  It started to become ridiculous, absurd, and asinine.  This is something many of us noticed and, ever since then, and its often either joked about or spoken of with great contempt, depending on the situation.

The 1990’s and 21st Century – reviving the post WWII and Cold War fear

After the cold war ended, in about 1990, there became a number of conditions in the country such as:

  • Overpopulation
  • More immigration of different people
  • A dissolution of who we are as a people

In addition, there was a great absence or void in the society caused by things like:

  • An absence of leadership
  • An absence of authority
  • An absence of unity
  • An absence of cause

Basically, this caused a condition where there became a growing tension between people.  To put it simply, people began to not like other people, became more “racist-like”, displayed favoritism, neglected other people, a more rat-race environment was created, and such.  Most of this seemed to happen almost unconsciously as few people mentioned it overtly, that I recall, but I watched it happen.

This unconscious tension often appeared as a “worry” or “sense” or “apprehension” in some people.  It seems as if this unconscious tension affected certain people in particular.  I would say it affected only a minority of the people and they, it seems to me, were people who displayed qualities such as:

  • Dislike – They felt dislike, hatred, etc. of other people for whatever reason
  • Envy – They are envious of other people and what they have
  • Want – They want what other people have
  • Entitlement – They think that they are entitled to “cash in” on American glory
  • Fear – They are frightened of the tension

These are all forms of the tensions that developed between people after the Cold War ended.  The awareness of this tension, in these people, caused a “revival” of the post WWII fears, of war, the Holocaust, etc.  As a result, these people began to condemn people motivated out of this old fear.  So what we see, really, is that they were really reacting to the tension in themselves, in feelings that THEY were feeling.  But they saw these feelings as originating in everyone else.  In a sense, they are confusing themselves, and their feelings, with everyone else.

The effect of all this is that this mentality describes several things:

  • A growing awareness of tension between people in ones self
  • A fear of that tension in ones self
  • A reviving the old post WWII fears
  • A projection of that fear onto other people

In this way, it describes what can be called a “social tension that is hidden in the accusation of other people”.   The effect of this is that those people accused other people for the feelings they felt themselves . . . creating the hypocrisy of “reverse discrimination”.

This seems to of become prevalent sometime in the 1990’s and has progressively gotten worse in the 21st century.


Even though “reverse discrimination” condemns many “bad feelings” between people, in actually, it promotes them and makes them grow.  In short, “reverse discrimination” has become an avenue of many “bad feelings” between people.  Has anyone noticed how many “bad feelings”, hatred, dislike, etc. are created when accusations of “reverse discrimination” take place?  I’m not the only one who has noted how much more hatred there is when words such as “racist”, “sexist”, and rights are used . . . and that the hatred comes from the people doing the accusing!

This situation seems to be because of things such as:

  • The people doing the condemning have these feelings themselves
  • That their own “bad feelings” is not checked and often runs rampant
  • That these “bad feelings” are hidden behind “high cause” and are difficult to see
  • Being hidden, the “bad feelings” tends to become distorted, which aggravates them

For many people, the only way to “solve” the problems between people is by accusation and justifying it with “high cause”.  This “solution” is now rampant in the U.S.  Its turned the U.S. into a society of accusation where all people do is accuse each other.  Its caused an atmosphere of paranoia, fear, apprehension, and hatred in the U.S., or so it seems to me.

From where I stand, this looks like a dead end road.  Its not helping and is actually aggravating the condition.  Its because of this that whenever I hear of words like “racism”, “sexism”, “rights”, discrimination, hatred, hate crime, etc. I say that I do not acknowledge them anymore and add “that’s last century thinking”.  Personally, I think we need to find new ways to describe the good and bad relationships between people.


It almost seems like a “reverse discrimination” culture is being created in the 21st century.  It has qualities such as:

  • A hidden hatred or dislike of people
  • A projection of those feelings onto other people – accusation
  • A sense of “righteous cause” (primarily coming from the American Constitution)
  • A tendency to favoritism of specific groups of people

It seems to be developing a quality of a group of frightened people who use the American Constitution to condemn or favor certain people.

In fact, many of us can see, nowadays, that certain people are being “favored” because of who they are, not because they are “qualified” or betterThis usually consists of females or minorities but can also be homosexual, transgender, or other people.  In other words, if you’re part of this group you’re more likely to be favored.  Look at all the elections lately . . . if you’re female, minority, or homosexual you’re more likely to get in office!  You can’t tell me that these people are all-of-a-sudden qualified!  But, in actuality, this is just a form of discrimination . . . it’s “reverse discrimination”.  And, remember, this discrimination is being done by the people who profess that they are against discrimination, and who believe that they are “justified” by the American Constitution in what they do.  

Some of the things this culture promotes include:

  • Hatred, apprehension, and distrust between people
  • A self-righteous attitude
  • A favoring of specific groups of people
  • A general paranoid-like atmosphere

These qualities describe many aspects of American society today.

Copyright by Mike Michelsen

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