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I’m Not a Bigot, But…

I’m not going to weigh in on whether NPR should have fired Juan Williams or not, mostly because I don’t give a shit.

There’s one particular quote from Juan’s appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” that’s getting pulled by various news sources (I pulled mine from the Huffington Post):

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. 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.

Anytime someone starts a thought with the words, “I’m not a bigot, but…” listen up and listen quick. You’re about to get a doozy of a bigoted statement. Also, keep your ears perked up if you hear, “I’m not a racist, but…” You’re about to get hit full in the face by some of the most exciting and racist shit you’ll ever hear. Or if someone (like Carl Paladino) says, “I’m not a homophobic, but…” get ready to hear how gay people are whorish and disgusting and unfit for marriage.

I mean, I don’t hate right-wingers or anything, but…

2 comments on “I’m Not a Bigot, But…

  1. I have been arguing this point ALL DAY. If you fear a person in Muslim dress because you associate him or her with a terrorist, you are engaging in bigotry. You are defining and exemplifying bigotry. You are a bigot. You may have excellent reasons for your bigoted predjudices. Sure you may. You big, big, big bigot.

  2. Yes. Being aware of your prejudices (i.e. fearing Muslims in their Muslim garb) makes them no less bigoted.

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