The Legacies of Bigotry

As I watched the video presented below, I was struck by the fact that there have been so very many lives lost and ruined by bigotry in all its many forms. Stop, think what bigotry means:

big·ot·ry /ˈbɪgətri/
noun, plural big·ot·ries.
1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.

Now, consider that lives are lost and ruined due to narrow-mindedness…the simple unwillingness to accept that others’ ideas, beliefs, or world-views have any merit whatsoever. I shudder to think this. But it’s a fact of life. I take issue with one point made by the video: we cannot change history today, but we can change the future. We can shape history for generations to come, just by opening our minds.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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