No white person is going to think he’s racist. No guy is going to think he’s sexist. No straight person is going to believe he is homophobic. The answers are always the same, “I am not bigoted. I am just being honest.”
And thats the challenge of tackling bigotry, its built-in denial.
Blacks will tell Whites that its impossible for them to be racist. As an Asian American who lived among Southern Blacks, i will quickly disagree. I faced Blacks and Whites who mockingly slanted their eyes in front of me while chanting “Ching chang chong!” The food i liked was considered gross, my native culture was labeled as absurd. And not just by total strangers, but by people who thought they were my friends.
“I am not homophobic, because God doesnt like gays. Its an abomination” is as valid as “God doesnt like niggers. They are an abomination.”
And yes, thinking women arent as equal as men is as faulty logic as Blacks arent as equal as Whites. The only justification of such discrimination is mindset. We have spent generations, centuries, telling little girls that they cant compete with boys, because of simple biology. Just like we have told Black children that they are inferior in a White man’s world. That ends when we stop telling our children such lies.
Do not protect your children from their future. Prepare them for it. Tell them from Day One, that they can do it. Fathers, tell your daughters that they can do anything, and expose them to the role models that have proven it. Minority parents, expose your children to the many success stories of the people from your communities. In fact, strive to be one. And regardless of sexuality, a person is still a person, capable of achieving and failing, just like any other person.
Do NOT raise another bigot in denial. Don’t cloud them with your own fears and insecurities. Unleash their true potential.
My parents warned me that life will be hard, but also that i must be harder. I am not a nigger, nor a chink, or any other label tried to stick me with. My existance is proof enough that stereotypes are an illusion. So should yours.
And dont just embrace your own culture. Embrace others. If you want to be accepted and respected by others, you have to first accept and respect others yourself. The first steps are ALWAYS yours to take.