12.04.2014

Q: Is There Something Worse Than a Racist?

A: Yes, there is.  

I present Exhibits 1 through 25, researched and compiled from Dictionary.com:
  1. Ape:  An imitator; mimic.  
  2. AutomatonA person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence. 
  3. BigotA person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
  4. Busybody:  A person who pries into or meddles in the affairs of others. 
  5. Buttinsky:  A person who interferes in the affairs of others; meddler. 
  6. CopycatA person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another, as a child who says or does exactly the same as another child. 
  7. EchoA person who reflects or imitates another; any repetition or close imitation, as of the ideas or opinions of another. 
  8. FussbudgetA fussy or needlessly fault-finding person. 
  9. GossipA person who partakes in idle talk or rumors, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. 
  10. IgnoramusAn extremely ignorant person. 
  11. Imitator:  A person who follows or endeavors to follow as a model or example.
  12. InterloperA person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others. 
  13. Intermeddler:  A person who takes part in a matter, especially officiously; meddle.
  14. MeddlerA person who involves themselves in a matter without right or invitation; a person who interferes officiously and unwantedly.
  15. MimicA person who imitates in a servile or unthinking way; ape. 
  16. MisinformerA person who gives false or misleading information.
  17. NewsmongerA person who spreads gossip or idle talk; a gossip or gossipmonger. 
  18. Nosy ParkerA nosy, overly inquisitive person. 
  19. ParrotA person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another. 
  20. Scandalmonger:  A person who spreads scandal or gossip. 
  21. ScaremongerA person who creates or spreads alarming news. 
  22. Sensationalist:  A person who uses subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce startling impressions, or to excite and please vulgar taste.
  23. TattletaleA talebearer or informer, especially among children. 
  24. ToolA person manipulated by another for the latter's own ends; cat's-paw. 
  25. YentaA person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.

More Words to Consider:
  1. Bigotry:  Complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.
  2. PrejudiceAny preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.  
  3. RacismA belief/doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others;  
    1. Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Eve's Definition:
  • Racist: The first person who cries 'racist' when they disagree with what they hear.

In conclusion, I question: 
  • If racism is 'hatred or intolerance,' then who is the bigger racist: the person who says an unpopular comment, or the person who is intolerant and hateful toward the person who said the unpopular comment? 
  • What makes a statement racist; is it always the person making the statement who is racist, or is it ever the person passively hearing and (mis)interpreting what is being said who is the racist?
  • Why should it matter if someone says something unpopular when that is what freedom of speech is about; in other words, does everybody have to think the same?
  • And if a person makes a racist statement and nobody cries about it, will bears be able to shit in the woods in peace?
Got a thought? Leave a comment.
Thank you for reading.

'Masterpiece of Nonsense' from Hank Williams, Sr.:
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