Is It Wrong to Be Bigoted?


People of my race should have nothing to do with people of certain other races.

Q1 Analysis

This statement does not seem to be a Q1 violation so long as "race" is being rigorously defined.

Q2 Analysis

This statement does not violate Q2 so long as you do not mind people judging you on the basis of your race. Keep in mind that you can be categorized into a specific race based upon where you come from, who your ancestors were, or what you look like. Allowing race-based judgment opens you up to the possibility of being shunned for any of a number of things that are completely out of your control (and that, in the case of ancestry, you may not even be aware of).

This statement is a Q2 violation if discovering that you were a member of one of those "other races" would change your opinion.


The concept of race can be very hard to define in a meaningful way, so in the absence of clear racial distinctions it’s difficult to be both a bigot and intellectually rigorous. For example, let’s say you are white and look down on anyone who isn’t white. How do you define "white"? Do people of Russian ancestry count? What about people who look white but have a non-white ancestor? If non-white ancestry disqualifies you, then how far back in your family tree is it valid to look (particularly considering that science thinks humanity may have arisen in Africa)? If you are a Christian, do you think Jesus was white? If you found out that you had a non-white ancestor, would it change your opinion? Would you say that a white person who married a black person was "not really white" in some sense?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at and See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 10:11 am by ideclare · Permalink
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