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TOPIC: Ignorance and Bigotry
Created by: BacchusnLadywife
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Since several times recently someone has taken me to task for my use of these words I felt I'd start with some definitions:

ig·no·rant ( P ) Pronunciation Key (gnr-nt) adj. 1. Lacking education or knowledge. 2. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge: an ignorant mistake. 3. Unaware or uninformed.

big·ot ( P ) Pronunciation Key (bgt) n. One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

And yes, although I cannot site a specific example, I'm sure I've been guilty of both more than once in my life. So I am not trying to get on my high horse but I can honestly say I've never done it deliberately. I sat on the phone with a good friend yesterday for an extended period of time. For the second day in a row, I listened to this very strong lady cry over bigotry and ignorance. I've had those occassions periodically in my life as well. A bit later, someone whom I do believe regrets some of his statements, but who does have the balls to leave them intact, said it wasn't like anyone was feeding any particular race through a wood chipper. It does not take genocide or hate crimes to cause damage through ignorance and bigotry. Subtle occurances, yes even words, can hurt too.

Ironically, the most ignorant bigots I personally know happen to be my own parents. My mother IS a minority and yet I sit agape as all my life I've heard charming words like jig, kike, dot head, chink, rag head, etc, etc come out of her mouth. In my heart I know my mother is a decent person who is very ignorant. But when I hear it, it causes as much hurt and shame as the names I've been called. There are so many forms of hurt caused by many levels of this behavior. It's not okay. We should always strive to do better. L *halfbreed, squaw, trailer trash*

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Getting old sucks! (He says, massaging his aching hip joint)

But it sure does beat the alternative!

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I'm happier at 34 than I have ever been, but if I could be 17 again I'd run out of this room so fast it would draw a vacuum.

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Youth is a gift of nature.... Middle age is a work of art. L <Really doesn't want to be 19 again but I'd give anything for my 19 year old body to return. That and it would be nice to have that much more years in front of me.>

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Bonobos! Think bonobos!!!

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Leave it to a stuffy old fart like Terry to complain about this!!! ;)

just KIDDING, T! LOL

-m (on the verge of being in the aforementioned demographic myself)

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wonder if we would stop prejudging and prequalifying people if that would be a great way to start to rid bigotry and racism.Then to get rid of class qualifications.what would we do with the upscale swingers? WEG lets bind ,blindfold them and take turns !!!!

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My family come from deep in the mountains of west virginia.

My momma was the most prejudist person I ever knew. Until right before she passed away. two months ago. I was never predjudice based on color. I do not know how since it was extreme in my family.

I always hoped I am bring my children up right. Putting those blinders over their eyes.

I recently had my daughter turn 14 and let he have her first boy/girl party. We were very pleased to see every shape, color and kind. She has a very diverse group of friends from blue haired pierced kids. to the best of dressed.

It is a nice realization when you see what you hoope to teach your child actually works.

We have all grown in the past few decades and continue to. Eventually maybe it will be gone everywhere. One can only hope.

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Not until the last few years did I understand why my parents, and my paternal grandparents and great grandmother, were such racist bigots. They were born & raised in Indiana in the late 19th century & early 20th century. Little did I know until recently that during that time the national headquarters for the Ku Kux Klan was in Indiana! And Indiana had more Klan members than any other state! I never knew that until just a few years ago.

My dad actually recognized that he was a clone of Archie Bunker. I knew that, of course, but was surprised that he saw himself in Archie. My mother taught us that racism is bad, but she herself was very race-conscious without even realizing it. For example, when watching an Orlando Magic game with them on TV one evening, she was focused on how many WHITE GUYS were on each team!

Mrs. Valovers was raised in a racist home, too, only in the St. Lawrence Valley of New York State. Racism wasn't - and isn't - just a regional thing.

Mrs. Valovers and I each have just one child from our 1st marriages. One of the things we are most proud of is that neither of our children has an ounce of racism in their entire bodies. We broke that chain.

Maybe the one thing we can all do that will have more impact on quelling racism in this country is to express our outrage about it and make sure that our children do not grow up with racist attitudes.

Now if I can just get my father and brothers to quit being racist about Arabs and Hispanics. Sigh.

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Perfect...no I don't think it would be bigotry. Just a very large kettle calling a very small pot blackand seizing an opportunity to gain control of Gitmo (Suck up to world opinion). But you already knew that.

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And now....Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.

I have no idea what specifically you are talking about or what forums brought this on so I guess I'm speaking out of ignorance somewhat. Several times in my life I have lost sight of the person I know I am because I got to focused on the person others thought I am.

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