I’ve created this thread to collect what I call “quick hits” – short phrases and examples that put across just why a bigoted argument is wrong. It’s often hard to think of these things when you’re struggling to comprehend that yes, someone really did just say that incredibly bigoted or ignorant thing, so let’s put lots of them in this comment thread and maybe it will help us out in the future.
You can include clever remarks, scenes from fiction or absolutely anything that you believe might help in an argument.
Please keep one thing in mind, though. Some people just are not open-minded at all. Arguing with them is a waste of your time, and when I get the urge to argue with someone like that, I remind myself my energy is better spent on people who ARE willing to learn – and I go write a post here, usually. So don’t expect these “quick hits” to suddenly convert all the bigots in your life. They may make you feel better, or they may convince a more neutral third party that the bigot is wrong. Those are both good things, but the actual conversion of a hardcore bigot is not something you can do. It’s simply out of your control.
Let the quick hits begin!