Rationalizations for Bigotry: A Recent History

1942

It isn’t that I think that all Americans of Japanese descent are bad people.  It is just that we are at war and can’t take any risk, so they and their children just have to be taken from their homes and put in camps until the war is over.

1948

It is not that I am prejudiced against Negroes; it is just that it will be disruptive to the U.S. Armed Forces to force soldiers to integrate in their battle units with someone of another race.

1964

It isn’t that I am prejudiced; I just believe that we ought to respect private property rights and if someone does not want to rent an apartment to someone because they are black or Latino, that’s their business.

1966

It isn’t that I dislike black people; I just think they ought to stick to marrying their own kind.

2008

It isn’t that I think homosexuals are bad people, it is just that letting them marry undermines the institution of marriage for everyone else.

2010

It isn’t that I am against Muslim people; I just don’t think they ought to be able to build a community center two blocks from Ground Zero; it will hurt too many people’s feelings.

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11 Responses to Rationalizations for Bigotry: A Recent History

  1. Anonymous says:

    You forgot a couple, Jim.

    2010

    My effette elitism and white guilt numb my senses when the racist and oppressive country I was born in has always welcomed more immigrants than any other around the world and is a dream destination for millions of others.

    2010

    My liberal selective outrage calls those who oppose a mosque near Ground Zero bigots — damn the rest of the country’s feelings — while the burning of Qurans by a nutty “pastor” should be stopped because it might hurt the feelings of Muslims. (Of course I nary say a peep when Bibles are burned, Christians are persecuted and/or discriminated against, or crucifixes are drowned in jars full of urine in the name of “art”)

  2. Anonymous says:

    2010

    Is not that I don’t support free speech, but I really believe that the gov’t should be the final word as to what should be allowed to be in the mass media, specially when that particular gov’t has made race the central part of their speech, and more than any other party has engaged in hate speech.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s not that I am stupid, it is just that I enjoy leaving anonymous comments on this Blog pretending to be. Like the two above.

  4. Anonymous says:

    And in context of this blog, have the feelings of indigenous peoples even been taken into account?

  5. jdveneno says:

    the indigenous sold/traded their stake in manhattan years ago…i think for a pile of beads or something

  6. jdveneno says:

    some other smart-ass besides myself got the jump on me….

    There are already several mosques in lower manhattan

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/14/nyregion/14mosque.html

    as well as shinto temples near pearl harbor

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Noetica/ground-zero-mosque-are-we_b_670138_56005933.html

    and a Nebraska Cornhusker store in Estes Park, Colorado Tracion!

  7. Anonymous says:

    And a U.S. Embassy in La Paz, which I think many Bolivians find offensive :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Most don’t. Did you see yesterday the line of people waiting to go inside stretch almost across the block?

  8. Anonymous says:

    well, Jim at least you are not blamming the Arabs for 9|11 anymore…