September 20, 2002
Is being a bigot and knowing you’re a bigot better than being a bigot and not knowing it? I suppose there are two views. There’s the view that believes if you’re conscious of your prejudices, you have them for reasons. Nothing is worse than a stupid bigot. Then there’s the viewpoint that if you’re conscious of your prejudices, and make no effort to change those wrongheaded beliefs, you’re worse than someone who’s a bigot because of breeding. Bigotry with volition is worse than bigotry due to ignorance. Actually, there’s probably only the one viewpoint: all forms of bigotry are stupid.