If I say that all illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals or otherwise undesirable, I would rightfully be condemned. Likewise, if I call all African Americans stupid or untrustworthy. Classifying all members of a particular classification of people negatively defines prejudice and bigotry.
All classes of people contain all types of personalities, from very positive to very negative. Intelligent, thoughtful, sensible people exist within every classification of people. These people evaluate individuals as individuals and do not apply a group label to him/her.
Too often in these letters, I see contributors classify whole classes of people as bigots or worse. This is particularly true in the letters pertaining to LGBT issues. Many of these contributors are as prejudiced and bigoted as the people they condemn. They are classifying every person who has any misgivings about gay marriage, for example, as bigots. Same is true for those who classify all gays as perverts or worse. Rather than trying to understand an individual’s thinking, the individual is dismissed with the application of a derogatory name.
Society cannot have intelligent conversations with all this name calling. The Herald should advance civil discourse and not publish letters that are nothing but bigoted rants.
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