1. They don’t see the harm in their bigotry.
They cannot see why dehumanising “the others” would be damaging. For them, bigotry is just a politically-incorrect hobby to kill time, like wildlife hunting.
2. Sometimes, they see the benefits in it.
They believe the dehumanisation would do good for everyone. “The others”, AKA “not humans”, would either cease to exist or change themselves and satify the bigots’ insecurity. It’s mutualism, they say.
3. They want others to be like them.
Naturally, those two traits release their inner activists. They are either confused or outraged that others don’t partake in their bigotry.
4. They play the victim cards.
They believe “the others” oppress them with the differences; again, it is all about insecurity. They also cry oppression when getting called out, whining about losing freedom.
5. They commit psychological projection.
Naturally, the victim card encourages it. They accuse their critics, not themselves, as bigots.
I labeled people as bigots, not realising I was also one. The awakening is a major slap to my face…and I know I will have it again. Of course, that doesn’t mean all of my negative views of “the others” are prejudicial; they may just be politically incorrect. Before finger-pointing, analysing one’s self first.