The Latest Iteration In Bigotry
Because each word represents a concept, the etymology of a word can be eye-opening. Consider bigot | Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com) and prejudice | Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com). The etymology of the term “bigot” is uncertain, but what is known of the word “bigot” suggests a certain amount of stereotyping (Stereotyping | Definition of Stereotyping by Merriam-Webster (merriam-webster.com)), which suggests the word “bigot” may have ironically originated because of a prejudiced attitude. The origin of the term “prejudice,” on the other hand, seems to be a bit more appropriate.
As the etymology of the word “bigot” suggests, before we call others bigots and prejudiced, we need to do a self-examination. Are we calling others bigots because we ourselves are bigots? Could be.
Where does bigotry start? Where do we first acquire our foolish prejudices against other people? Where do we learn to stereotype other people and to inappropriately apply those stereotypes? That is, instead of trying to learn what others believe and know, how they actually behave and what they can do, where do we learn to prejudge others based upon their race, creed, ethnicity, sex, or some other immutable characteristic? Don’t we learn bigoted behavior from the people who teach us?
In earlier times, the primary teachers of children were family members: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and so forth. Now children spend large amounts of time in public schools, Therefore, what children learn in school has gained great importance. Even though we expect children to learn good things in schools, the people running the schools can be just as flawed as anyone else. Hence, if they are not stopped, politicians with idiotic beliefs may pass their own foolish prejudices onto our children.
Here we have an example. Consider what the Loudoun County School Board wants taught in the schools they run.
- Teachers Compile List Of Parents Who Question Racial Curriculum, Plot War On Them | The Daily Wire
- VA Teacher WRECKS School Board, Critical Race Theory: ‘You DO NOT Speak for US’ (Watch) – RedState
- Virginia county spends nearly half a million on race programs for schools (nypost.com)
- A Parent Who Criticized Critical Race Theory Has Been Placed on a Hit List for Harassment by Katie Pavlich (townhall.com)
- Teachers Make List of Parents Who Disagree with Critical Race Theory Curriculum, Plot to Expose Them | Human Events
Do these stories sound absurd? Why would anyone want to teach children to become bigots? Well, we will get to that, but that is not the subject of Part 2. In Part 2 we will look at the kind of bigotry that the Loudoun County School Board wants to promote.
To be continued.
- Part 2: What Kind Of Bigotry Does The Loudoun County School Board Want Children Taught?
- Part 3: When The Foundations Are Destroyed