posted on Aug, 16 2010 @ 03:22 PM
Say you're walking down the street with your wife and kids. Say some nut is brandishing a katana and screaming lines from "The Last of the
Mohicans" (1992 release). Say you steer your family onto the other side of the street and change your course to avoid that person. Does that make
you a bigot? I certainly don't think so. That does NOT make a person a bigot. It's idiotic to say, "I'm bigoted against nut-jobs wielding
katanas." No, rather, I want to keep my family safe and took appropriate action.
Furthermore, liking the band U2 and not liking Pink Floyd does not make me "bigoted" against Pink Floyd. Rather, I just happen to prefer U2.
Liking Harrison Ford's acting style over Daniel Day Lewis doe not make me "bigoted" against DDL. Rather, I prefer HF.
Technically and semantically, perhaps it is a stretch for "bigoted" to be used correctly in the examples I provided above.
Back to the first example about the katana-wielding nut-job. Replace him with a Native American, or Pacific Islander or African American or Irish
American or -ANY ethnicity. --"Normal" Americans who are not doing anything out of the ordinary, normal people just going about their business.
...If I steer my family to the other side of the street to avoid them, and/or whisper to my children, "Stay away from them, those people are bad
people, they smell, they lie, they cheat..." Then I would be a bigot.
It is important not to obfuscate what being a *real* bigot is. A *real* bigot has an unfounded prejudice against another race, gender, religion,
--whatever. Hate for hate's sake.
I can just see some naive person reading the intro to this thread and going to school or work saying, "Yup. I'm a bigot. You're a bigot. Hey,
we're *ALL* bigots! Let's have a big bigot party! Get it? 'B-I-G bigot!' Isn't that clever!?"
Personally, I choose not to accept unfounded hatred. It's not what makes America strong. We're stronger *because* of our differences, because of
our (not tolerance) *acceptance* of those differences. Who eats at a buffet that serves only one kind of dish? America is the best stocked buffet in
the world. You won't find many Mexican restaurants in China; you won't find may Italian restaurants in Indonesia, nor Thai restaurants in Iraq.
But, you will find cuisine from all of these countries in America.
America didn't become a superpower because it was a nation of bigots. America became great because we embraced differences and used them in every
way. Personally, if America has slipped, it's because bigots are rising to power and rising in number.
I refuse to accept unfounded hate. I refuse to call myself a bigot.