What or who is a bigot? Thinking that I may be one because I, having been born and raised in the South and having relatives who fought in the Civil War, endorse the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Capitol, looked up the word bigot.
Bigot is defined in Webster’s College Dictionary as a person who is extremely intolerant of another’s creed, belief or opinion. Based upon that definition, aren’t those who oppose the flag, which is part of our Southern heritage, also bigots?
Prior to the Civil War, my great great grandfather moved his family from Swainsboro, Ga., to Florida, so to me, the flag represents the strongly independent, pioneering spirit of the Southern people. It may represent something different to others, and that’s OK, but by placing their belief about what the flag represents over mine, makes them just as much a bigot as they claim I am.