In the past, I’ve talked about racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Â Some of these issues have dealt withÂ the mosque at Ground Zero, immigration, or statements made by church leaders aboutÂ the priesthood ban for African Americans. Â Prejudice, bigotry, and racism are often used interchangeably, and there can be a lot of overlap. Â (In fact, one of the dictionary definition for “bigotry” is “prejudice.”) Â Some people object when the terms racist and bigot are thrown around too loosely.
I’ve decided to do a little survey. Â Here are some dictionary definitions for prejudice, bigotry, and racism. Â Perhaps some terms are better used than others terms for certain topics. Â What do you think?