DEFINITIONS ARE IMPORTANT; COMMON “FLASHPOINT” WORDS DON’T ALWAYS MEAN WHAT WE THINK!

FAR TOO OFTEN the facts, arguments, and discussions get muddied by definitions.  No, it’s NOT simply a “question of semantics”. 

If the same word means different, possibly opposite, things to different people, the discussion goes in circles because two people are unknowingly speaking about different things.  Let’s get a few definitions established BEFORE we post the next article, shall we? 

And remember, these terms are NOT “interchangeable”, although listening to SOME you know THEY believe they are.

1. Racism:

a. The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race.

b. Prejudice or discrimination directed against someone…based on such a belief.

2. Bigotry: Intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

3. Prejudice:  

a. Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience.

b. Give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased: “the statement might prejudice the jury”. 

4. Discrimination:

a. The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

b. Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.

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By Doug

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