Walk A Mile in others shoes? These bigotted ones fit me just fine, thank you!

What makes a bigot?

This week Juan Williams, formerly of NPR, currently of Fox News, made headlines when he stated:

But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

I must say that I find it most fascinating when someone who is part of a group that has been historically a target for bigotry takes on the role of the bigot. In fact, there used to be a time when Juan Williams believed this:

“Racism is a lazy man’s substitute for using good judgment… Common sense becomes racism when skin color becomes a formula for figuring out who is a danger to me.”

To ruin such a brilliant statement by your own ignorance is truly a shame, Mr. Williams. I know that 1986 was a long time ago, however, so maybe your opinions have changed. After all, most human beings tend to evolve one way or another. One is to hope that you would evolve to become MORE intelligent, but alas… Tis not the case with you, is it Mr. Williams? Especially now that you have become accepted by the machine that is Fox News!  I imagine that you forgot where you came from when your bosses accepted you into the fold.

But still, I must ask – Just how pathetic must one (black man with a Hispanic name) be to frequent a show hosted by a man who thought that, upon going to a black restaurant, he was going to find black people who lack basic manners and table etiquette? And it took this visit for him to realize that black people are “starting” to think for themselves – because we all used the same common brain before. Clearly. I am also curious to know just how thrilled you are that other brown people are the targets of such ire from the white (Fox News Regurgitating) masses? (Note: If you are not part of the Fox News Regurgitating White Masses, but are white, the prior comment is not referring to you.)

Bigot
–noun
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
I am here to proudly proclaim that “I” am, in fact, a bigot! I have an extreme intolerance of anyone who believes that it is OK to besmirch an entire group, religion, race of people based upon the despicable and atrocious actions of others within their group.
Are all black men to be feared because there are black men who are gang members?
Are all Hispanic men to be feared because there are Hispanic men who are gang members?
Are all white men to be feared because there are white men who are a part of the KKK? (Or are CEO’s of big businesses, or work for Fox News, or politicians that have driven this country into financial ruin?)

Somehow, despite all of the horrible things that white men have done historically from starting wars, raping and pillaging lands, etc… we manage to not paint all white people with the same broad brushstrokes. We recognize that there are many truly good white people out there who fight against those types of things EVERY day. And when I say fight against it, I mean they TRULY fight against it. But the moment a minority does something bad, for many people, it is something that reflects on that entire race and/or religion. It’s “black people are thugs,” it’s “Hispanics are illegal immigrants,” it’s “Arabs are terrorists.”
Perhaps one day people will open up their eyes and realize that this is all about divide and conquer. They will keep dividing us along the lines of race and religion  as long as we allow them to.
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