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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No Place for Bigotry: The Five Minute Response

Let's start with a definition from Merriam-Webster. A bigot is: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

There are many events in the news that lead to bigoted responses. The tarring of an entire people for the misbehavior of a few is wrong. It is a bigoted response. The people of Indiana were tarred, as were religious people, for their government's misbegotten "religious freedom" act. The act was wrong. The statements about all the people of Indiana and all religious people were also wrong. 

Bigoted language leads to bigoted behavior, which quickly devolves into violence. This language, behavior, and violence have no place in the modern world. When you encounter such bigotry, don't let it slide. Correct it, but civilly, without public shaming. 

That's the five minute response.

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