Each of these practices is an abuse of the weak by the strong. Each of these offences is an instance of lording over another…of pulling rank.
In the on-going attempts to overcome racism and sexism, there is another kind of discrimination being overlooked that is no less damaging and equally unjustifiable. It is a form of injustice that everyone knows, but no one sees: discrimination based on rank. Low rank, signifying weakness, vulnerability, and the absence of power, marks a person for abuse in much the same way that race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation have long done.