Name: Kim
Age: 21
School: UCI
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence --- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound --- does not spring from disease of thought --- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. -- edgar allan poe

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July 29, 2005

Racism or Bigotry?

Racism or Bigotry:
Which do you prefer?

After  my post yesterday -- to which I received mostly agreements that I originally expected to be indignant flaming, I realized that along with myself, there are a lot of openly racist people out there.

However, there were a couple people who gave me heated responses (one even called me the Hitler of Xanga! -- please don't call me that, I prefer Mussolini, thanks... I'm not quite as badass as Hitler)  Anyhow, it wasn't really enough to spark my fire and write back an indignaant response to their comments.

It was then that I read my friend Larry's blog.  He wrote:

Racism sucks.

That's why I'm a bigot instead of racist. Go bigots!



Which got me thinking...  Is there such a thing as a difference between the two?  And if there are, can you be one and not the other?

Racism here is spoken with this definition: Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

A Bigot is: One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

(www.dictionary.com)


Myself
I came to terms with the fact that I was racist a long time ago.  I realize that it's a part of my upbringing and that there are some thoughts about race I that just come naturally to me because of my parents and the media.

The unbearable thought is that I have to come to terms with the fact that , perhaps, along with being a racist, I, too am a bigot.

And then I realized it's true, I am.  That's why most of my friends are Asian, why I go to a school that is mostly Asian, why I enjoy learning about Asian culture more than any others.  Sure, it might not all be Vietnamese stuff, but I definitely identify more with Asian culture than any others.

Which takes me back to my original thought:
Can you be a racist without being a bigot? Or vice versa?

My answer to that is:  I don't think anybody isn't a little bit of a bigot, or a little bit of a racist deep down inside.  Our parents and the media have made sure of that.  However, as long as we don't act upon those racist and bigoted feelings then we'll be able to live our lives as if we weren't racists or bigots.

But... we can't forget that we're human and because we can see differences in each other plainly, we'll never truly be without racism (until we're all mixed, and then at that point, it'll be somethign else).

Posted by Kim at July 29, 2005 08:59 AM

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