Should We (Sort of) Admire Bigots?

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Neil Steinberg's column in the Chicago Sun-Times today is a fascinating and interesting read on the subject of intolerance, making that point that he'd prefer people just get their terrible, ignorant thoughts out there instead of hiding behind made-up facts and odd logic:

You know what I admire about bigots? And I’m not referring to the merely prejudiced, mutter-out-of-the-corner-of-their-mouth bigots, but the real wackos, the warped, scary, neo-Nazi, open Klansman, proudly sign-their-name haters.

You know what’s kinda great about them?

At least they’re candid. No pussyfooting around for them. They state their hate boldly, cast their slurs loudly and only then try to back it up with whatever false theories they believe support their irrational hatreds.

For everyone else, it’s the other way around. They timidly roll out their specious argument first, as if that were the important part, the crucial logic that made up their impartial minds, and led to their subsequent negative opinion, an unfortunate by-product.

Click over and read the whole thing, it's worth the time.

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