Kudos for Chris Wage for bringing the bias / bigotry debate to the simplest terms. What we are really talking about here is racism. Chris is right, Bob Krumm is racist. He and his supporters are trying to turn this into a debate about semantics on whether or not Bob actually said he is a bigot. Tim even brought out some definitions to try and back it up (or clear it up, I don’t know his intentions).
So what is racism? When I was attempting to do race relations work in a prior life I worked from the definition “Belief in a superior race”. That is nice and tidy, but I went to see what Oxford had to say and not surprisingly it is better (and more fitting).
1) the belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race.
2) discrimination against or antagonism towards other races.
I think that about closes the discussion. Believing that being ‘Arab’ somehow means there is more of a security risk is without a doubt assigning characteristics or qualities specific to a race. (see Chris’ post for more on the term Arab).
So Bob, how do you feel about being a racist? I am not going to condemn anyone for being racist. After all, many people are raised that way and don’t know any better. However, realizing you are racist and somehow feeling justified or indignant about it are two totally different things. Denying it is another problem all together. Where do you stand?