If you don’t recognize yourself in a law, are you being oppressed or are you just part of a minority?

In an ideal democracy the best way to serve the public interest as viewed by the majority, without violating the rights of minorities, is through laws. In practice this seldom works.

Even the majority disagrees on the ‘best way’ and there are always those who claim their rights are being violated and that they are being unrightfully harmed. 

Perhaps you are oppressed when you’re part of a group excluded from the debate; but when is that the case? That also calls for debate, because exclusion usually takes place sneakily and under false pretenses.