On Racism vs Bigotry

First, without question, I think Sergio Garcia’s comments about Tiger Woods and fried chicken were inappropriate, hurtful and bigoted. A bigot is some who treats other people with hatred, contempt, and intolerance on the basis of a person’s race, or other status.

That said, these comments along do not necessarily make him a racist. A racist is someone who believes in the natural superiority and, therefore, inferiority of all members a one race or another.

Now, Sergio Garcia may in fact be a racist, but that would mean I would know what is in his heart and unless he says outright that he believes that caucasians are superior to Africans then I can’t in good conscious call him a racist.

I mention this because I think it diminishes the word racist to use it incorrectly.



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