Difference between Bigot and Racist

Key difference: The main difference between racist and bigot is that fact that racism discriminates on the basis of race, whereas a bigot discriminates on the basis of his personal opinion, which can include race, gender, religion or beliefs.

The term bigot first originated in English by at least 1598. It came via Middle French, and is believed to have originally meant a "religious hypocrite". The word was previously used as an insult by the French for the Normans, in the context of hypocrites. It is believed that originally the term comes from the Swiss German curse 'bigot', i.e. "by god!"

However, today the term bigot defines someone who is so preoccupied with their prejudices that they begin to treat other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance. This mistreatment of people can be on the basis of a person's ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.

The term racist has a similar connotation, however it does differ slightly. A racist is someone whose actions, practices, or beliefs are guided by the belief that humans are divided into races and that some races are better that the others. For example:  the belief that whites are better than blacks.

Racism is basically responsible for the slave trade, apartheid, and numerous genocides such as the Holocaust, Sudan, etc.

The main difference between racist and bigot is that fact that racism discriminates on the basis of race, whereas a bigot discriminates on the basis of his personal opinion, which can include race, gender, religion or beliefs produced by their own personal life experiences. Hence, it can be said that racism is a particular subset of bigotry.

Comparison between Bigot and Racist:

 

Bigot

Racist

Definition (Dictionary.com)

A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

A person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.

Discrimination

Discriminates on the basis of a person's ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.

Discriminates on the basis of race.

Behavior

Blinkered, narrow-mindedness, usually also very intolerant and unable to see anyone else's point of view.

Believes in the superiority of one race over another, or acts differently (usually negatively) towards a person or a group of people because of their race.

Includes

Racists, sexists, religious fanatics, fashion snobs, etc.

Is a subcategory of bigots

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Comments

do you think that the way one is raised can make one a bigot without the person realizing it? Also, my father was very patriarchal and overly authoritative, maybe a control freak. I am wondering if I could be chauvinistic without even realizing it..... how do we self correct?

Everyone is stupid thats just a fact.

I absolutely agree with you.

A bigot is a person who wont change his mind and cant change the subject

If I hate ALL Nazis, am I a bigot? What if I am Black and hate ALL KKK members?

These "definitions" are TOTALLY WRONG!! For a REAL definition of these terms, go to Merriam-Webster. The "definitions" given here are more from the "Guidebook to Political Correctness" and are NOT very accurate. What they, here, define as "racist" or "racism" is much more the definition of "racial prejudice" or "racial bias".Check out a REAL dictionary to gets REALLY definitions. That which is expressed here is merely "opinion" of what these words mean.

Thanks for clearing these terms up for me, I hear the terms racist and bigot used constantly on the tube and never knew the true definition of either. By the way, I think Ed was right on point, all people have preconceived positive and negative opinions of different types of people based on personal experience and what they have seen in the news.

Just before the comparison between Bigot and Racist the following sentence "Hence, it can be said that racism is a particular sunset of bigotry." left me confused. Is there a typo and 'sunset' should read 'subset'?

It does read subset

Thank Ed, yes it was typo. It is corrected now :)

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