Columbia, SC — Most of us associate bullying with children and schools, but the sad fact is that bullying is practiced by more than children and in many more places than school. Bullying in its darkest form is a class 1 felony.
Segregation was an act of bullying, though the people with power didn’t acknowledge it as such. Bullying occurs in our Legislature when groups with power seek special privilege at the expense of those without.
Bullying occurred when those who shut down the government were indifferent to a powerless minority who suffered. We also see an anti-poverty bias that is a form of bullying.
Bullying exists in relationships between men and women, in such practices as sexual abuse, the corporate glass ceiling and the disparity in compensation for similar labor.
Bullying exists in our churches when the more righteous exclude and marginalize those considered less righteous, and when women are excluded from positions in the ministry and women and gay men are denied positions afforded straight men.
Few adults see themselves as bullies, and therein lies the problem. We rationalize bullying by calling it a different name. By whatever name, it is wrong and needs to be condemned.