Bigot vs Racism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between bigot and racism

is that bigot is (derogatory) one who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices while racism is the belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.

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(en noun)
  • (derogatory) One who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
  • Don't call me a bigot . That's extremely rude!
  • One who is strongly partial to one's own group (e.g. religion, race, gender, political party, etc.) and is intolerant of those who differ.
  • Derived terms

    * bigoted * bigotry

    See also

    * holier-than-thou * hypocrite



    (wikipedia racism)


  • The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
  • The belief that one race is superior to all others.
  • Prejudice or discrimination based upon race.
  • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King both spoke out against racism .
  • * 2007 , Joseph Godson Amamoo, Ghana: 50 years of independence
  • For, if racism against non-whites is morally wrong and unjustifiable, then how can racism against whites be morally right and justifiable?

    Usage notes

    * Different people define race'' differently, so, naturally, different people define ''racism differently. * Racism is generally accepted as wrong in English-speaking societies, and the word racism carries strong negative connotations. Therefore, those opposing a certain practice might characterize it as "racist" in order to try to take advantage of those connotations, and conversely, those defending a certain practice might try to mitigate it by claiming that it is not racist. * While racism'' is, per se, usually tied to ''race , some speakers will (controversially) use the term in other cases as well: ** 2002, Tom Carter-Smith, Sex – an Apology for Love , NORDISC Music & Text, ISBN 87-88619-09-5, page 99, **: The reason for this was the general prejudice (read: racism ) against gays among “straight” people; the government simply didn't want the public to be appalled by posters and TV adds with “queers”. * The term reverse racism'' has been used to describe racism (in one sense or another) by a group that has traditionally been oppressed, against a traditionally more-empowered group. However, some argue that this distinction does not need to be made, and advocate using simply the term ''racism''; others have argued conversely that the term ''racism should not be used at all in such cases. * For many speakers, the term racism implies conscious belief or behavior, but this distinction is not universally held.

    Derived terms

    * antiracism, anti-racism * institutional racism * nonracism, non-racism * reverse racism * scientific racism


    * bigotry

    Coordinate terms

    * ableism * ageism * apartheid * heterosexism * policism * sexism * xenophobia

    See also

    * Afrocentrism * affirmative action * Anti-Defamation League (ADL) * antisemitism, anti-semitism * black is beautiful * black supremacy, Black supremacy * Civil Rights Movement * cultural anthropology * cultural relativism * ethnic majority * ethnic minority * ethnocentrism * eugenics * Eurocentrism * hate crime * historical particularism * intolerance * Ku Klux Klan (KKK) * monogenism * multiculturalism * nationalism * political correctness * political minority * polygenism * racial discrimination * racialism * racial profiling * Rainbow Coalition * unilineal evolution * social Darwinism * supremacist * tolerance * white supremacy, White supremacy * xenophobia English disputed terms English words suffixed with -ism