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I think a bigot would be someone who knows the differences and still holds their view...
and whilst I'm not sure about 20-30 years ago, I'd say when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's I had no direct knowledge of anyone being gay, and for that matter, no exposure to people of other cultures. I have no doubt I made jokes about homosexuality and race at some point, until I knew better, and that probably goes for most of my contemporaries. We laughed at 'Love Thy Neighbour' on telly, and Bernard Manning was a permanent fixture on TV. Black comedians such as Charlie Williams made out career out of being on the other side of racism. But eventually, things change and new standards of behaviour become the norm. The bigots are those who disregard those standards.
If the opinions of everyone on this board on, say, homosexual rights, that were expressed say 25 or 30 years ago, were revealed now, would anyone be embarrassed at their previously held views? Or have your views changed in the intervening years?
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