Are your political rivals actually bigots?
Dan Lier interviews Peter Montoya and asks about a passage in his latest book “The Second Civil War” that dissects the definition of bigotry. Peter explains that the word is commonly used in a racial context but that it also applies to our current political division.
It’s incredibly taboo in the country to use racist slurs. So I can’t even say the words because they’re so awful. But there are racial slurs for nearly every ethnic identity. And if I even use them right now, you would say, Peter, I can’t even talk to you because you use those words.
It’s very, very taboo to use those words. But what’s strange is, by the way, that’s bigotry. So we clearly recognize that bigotry. And but for most of us, we think that bigotry is using racist slurs. That’s not actually the definition of bigotry is the definition of bigotry is in my book or in the dictionary.
And what you’ll see is the definition of bigotry is to be intolerant against somebody else because of their beliefs or their opinions. Correct. So it’s actually much broader than just racism. Yeah. So every single time when we label somebody else a boomer, a Republican Repubtard, a libtard, you know, mag tard or any of the other
words that get thrown around. Those acts of bigotry are every bit as bad and ugly as racist bigotry. So for some reason, we’ve understood that we should not be a bigot in a racial sense, but we haven’t realized that political bigotry is equally as bad, is equally as toxic.
So even a word that sounds as timid as Boomer, as soon as you do that, you are othering somebody else. Yeah, that’s right. Okay. This person’s other than me. They’re different than me. So I used to believe that, you know, we need to have more tolerance and tolerance, isn’t it?
So tolerance is to basically to tolerate you. But you’re also mels. To be intolerant is to go, well, I can’t live with you. I can’t stand you. And there’s a lot of intolerance. So the goal is not tolerance.
The goal is actually inclusion. And my goal is to say, hey, you are my father, my brother, my compatriot, compatriot. I may not agree with you, but I respect who you are. And so rather than me putting you as other rather than me tolerating you is we are walking together on this journey
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