On Political Corrections
Recently my wife (who shall remain nameless) went down to D.C. to interview with a prestigious, left-of-center, non-profit organization (which shall also remain nameless). This place has made its name almost synonomous with equal-rights and anti-discrimination. The position Ms. X (my wife) interviewed for was quite possibly her dream job--in fact, I think her exact words were: "I'd run naked through the streets for this job." (As a sidenote, Mr. X may not allow Ms. X to do any such thing.)
Thankfully for me, nudity may not be necessary because the interview went almost perfectly. I insert the 'almost' because one of the three interviewers metaphorically scratched his head at the fact that my wife is Mormon - given away by the inevitable Bachelor of Arts from BYU that sits atop her resume. Now I don't have a recording of the exact exchange, but according to Ms. X, this guy implied that a Mormon might not be up to the task. He spoke as if an LDS person couldn't even spell 'civil rights,' let alone fight for them. Always on her toes, Ms. X noted that because Mormons are a religious minority, and an often stereotyped one at that, she'd be a perfect candidate for the position. Ms. X - 1, Unnamed Non-Profit Organization - 0.
A few days later, I told this story to a friend who isn't LDS and his response puzzled me. He mentioned that the umbrella of political correctness these days shields just about every minority group from excessive stereotyping except, for some reason, Mormons.
I, personally, haven't noticed too much negative stereotyping of Mormons among mainstream culture, but maybe I'm oblivious. What do you people think? Does my friends comment make sense to any of you?