Mine is fairly short :)
I think it's a defence mechanism. I grew up in the 1970s listening to all manor of bigotry. I knew from an early age that it was wrong... My parents were working class and didn't have a pot to piss in. They were good people, they taught me to treat people with respect and look up to my elders, they were old school. The bigotry was everywhere... In school, on tv, in the general population.. By the time I was a teenager I had had enough, it was the mid 80s. I started to question people when they came out with anything that I found offensive, I got myself into a few scrapes.. I felt like there was something wrong with me, I felt like I was abnormal for biting.
I'm waffling on a bit here, so I'll get to the point. How far can you stand being pushed before you bite? What or who in particular makes you bite back?
Religious bigotry does it for me. I get offended when religious rights outweigh the rights of people who are just trying to get on with their lives... It's bullshit.
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