Oppression vs Virtue

Here’s a thought experiment:

Imagine a person who is, objectively, oppressed; they experience prejudice, discrimination, and various undeserved obstacles to success in their working life, personal relationships, and social inclusion generally, obstacles that derive from belonging to a racial or gender or other similar category.

Imagine also that they are selfish and unprincipled in their actions, that they act in ways that offend your personal ethical sensibilities. What sorts of judgments do you form of this person? In particular, what matters more — social oppression or personal virtue —  in your estimation of what a person ought to receive from others, if not from you personally then at least from society?

I wonder if the answer that a person gives to this question will tend to correlate with the degree to which their ideological worldview is progressive or conservative.


What thoughts do you have?

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