In addition, Reverend Parris seems to really look down on his parishioners in Salem. Early in Act 1, when he is trying to convince Abigail, his niece, to be honest with him about her reputation and recent activities in the forest, he says to her, "Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me [...]." He seems to view his congregation as stubborn, and perhaps even difficult or slow, as "stiff-necked" seems to imply a number of negative qualities like these. In addition, the need that he feels to "bend" them to his will indicates that he sees them less as people that he leads down a righteous path and more like animals for him to control (we "break" horses, and the like).
Further, Parris later suggests something even more outlandish when speaking with John Proctor. As they argue about money, Parris says, "I cannot offer one proposition but there be a howling riot of argument. I have often wondered if the Devil be in it somewhere; I cannot understand you people otherwise." Referring to his parishioners as "you people" is hardly a sensitive or inclusive way of speaking; he views himself as separate, set apart, and apparently above them. He even suggests that they have some link to the Devil or else they would never treat him as they do.