Let the term minority refer to groups such as blacks, native Indians, gays, and even women and asians, that have faced (and some would argue, continue to face) serious discrimination in mainstream society. The OP acknowledges the differences in degree of, and the distinct features within, each group’s struggles.
Please allow me to use a particular concept to explain the OP.
The consensus arrived at in a few GD threads on this remarkably hackneyed phrase is that it was not a consciously directed movement but rather a slew of related attempts to bolster polite talk in society through weeding out offensive slurs from the mainstream dictionary.
Now, it is a joke. It is used as a joke by everyone, political or apolitical, in the media, or at parties or in the workplace. It has come to suggest boldness. Someone who is politically incorrect is someone daring enough to expose something which we have tried to sweep under the carpet. It is used often in the context of challenging the minority group and its claims of being victims of discrimination.
“I know it is politically incorrect but…blacks are lucky to be here in America than in Africa” (a little incendiary example off the top of my head)
“WASPs are the only politically correct group that can be made fun of”
I perceive a notion pervading mainstream media and the populace that somehow the (hypothetically uniform) majority Caucausian population is being silenced and even vilified by the constraints of political correctness imposed by minorities.
Couple this with the following hot debates in mainstream media: Affirmative Action, Reparations, Church vs State, Homosexual laws (“I am forcibly subject to gays parading their lifestyle”) etc and I sense a larger notion that the hypothetically uniform majority actually feel discriminated against.
The phrase “reverse discrimination” has indeed entered mainstream consciousness. And, I want to ask two questions:
(1) Does the notion of “reverse discrimination” exist, whether verbal, social, political or economic? Is the majority losing college seats, jobs etc unfairly to minorities on a small or large scale?
(2) If no, how do you explain the notions that pervade mainstream culture? Is there an intangible backlash against minorities increasing their voices? Is this backlash orchestrated or is it a natural harmless dynamic within society?
[I am not sure I was able to elucidate my thoughts (for they are still deformed). I also apologise for relying on “notions” but, is there a way for us to discuss this with structure and rigor? I would be much interested.]