Have the terms racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, trans phobic, fascist, Nazi, etc. lost their meaning and potency?
99% of Americans (on the left and the right) do not fit any of these terms and yet they are increasingly used by the left to demonize those they disagree with.
When half the population are racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, trans phobic, fascist and/or Nazis, what do you call the people who are actually racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, trans phobic, fascist and/or Nazis? These terms used to be insulting, and now people just seem to roll their eyes.
The idea that "everyone who isn't me is evil," kind of seems to erode the meaning of the word "evil."
- 4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
These terms don't have the same meaning they once had, but they are still effective at stopping conversation, and directing hatred at certain groups of people. Nobody wants to be called a racist, just like nobody wants to be called a racial slur.
- FoofaLv 73 weeks ago
Yes. We've thrown these words around to the point where they've lost all meaning and now we have nothing left to use to describe REAL racism, fascism, etc.
- ObserverLv 74 weeks ago
These term have lost much of their punch due to political abuse and stupid people using them in an incorrect manner, that is not knowing the meaning of the words they use.
- martinLv 74 weeks ago
What you're talking about is an ignorant exchange of competing opinions about politics and society. Intelligent people shouldn't go around calling entire groups of people by those names.