During the controversy over the (no longer official) Seattle Public Schools' definition of racism*, the Seattle Public Schools statement and one of my commenters assured me that having an individual as opposed to a collective ideology was an example of institutional racism.
I didn't 100 percent buy that, but I let it go.
Over the weekend on my retreat, we asked the youth to respond to an e.e. cummings quote about individuality that said essentially that the struggle to remain oneself in a world that wants people to be all alike is the greatest struggle we will ever face. (I'm a moderate on individuality myself. I think it is very easy, for UUism especially, to turn our love of individuality into a worship of ourselves. At the same time, I'm hardly a collectivist.)
One of the youth pointed out that e.e. cummings might well have written the quote in the 1940s or 50s, a rather conformist era in America, and said he wasn't sure that it applied to post-1960s America. I thought that was wicked impressive coming from a 16-year-old.
Then the same guy mentioned that a hyperfocus on individuality was a very Western thing and, say, Buddhists were less inclined to be hung up on that sort of thing. (Indeed, I think I recall that Buddha himself taught that there was no such thing as an individual soul.)
Later on, some people expressed concern that we shouldn't be talking about other religions we don't know much about and we shouldn't be making assumptions like that.
*For those who don't recall, this was when the Seattle Public Schools put out a statement giving controversial examples of institutional racism, including having a future time orientation and defining one form of English as standard. I wrote about it extensively here.