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Internalized bigotry (Sometimes, internalized discrimination or internalized prejudice) is a form of bigotry that is characterized by minorities holding bigoted views within their own groups.
The term originates circa 1930, and was used in Georg Hegel's book
Civilization and its discontents.
Examples of internalized bigotry
Sometimes, it goes as far as mental gymnastics by comparing the slurs to other less disparaging slurs by today's standards. The best example would be when a disabled person says that it is okay to use the r-word because "idiot", "stupid", "moron" and "dumb" were medical terms for intellectual disability decades ago, in spite of the fact that they are commonly used as synonyms for "foolish".[note 1] They are directed to people who are credulous, incompetent, ignorant, reckless and naïve or lack knowledge in specific fields, but speak as if they are knowledgable while the r-word is still used to disparage people who are intellectually disabled, and sometimes physically disabled. Currently, the r-word infers that people with cognitive disabilities are subhuman or incapable, especially autistic people or people with learning disorders such as dyslexia.
Another example would be when a gay or lesbian person claims that it is okay to use the f-word because other controversial terms like "queer" are okay to use nowadays compared to a few decades ago.
But the most baffling example would be a person of color handing out paper cards with
n-word pass written on them and then encourage white people to use the epithet in public.
This form of internalized bigotry currently plagues every minority group to date, with the worst kooks asserting that "They are just words". Thankfully, it is fairly rare, and nobody that both matters and is part of a minority group ever said that as of late.
Some people of color justify the current system of racial oppression based on either sloppy racialist science or appeals to cultural inferiority.
Notable examples might include Thomas Sowell and Candace Owens (who both argue that blacks are enslaved by the very things keeping them above water and not in slave-like conditions, namely the welfare state), Sheriff David Clarke (the black police officer who justifies police brutality against people of color) and, in its most extreme form, Tara McCarthy (a British white supremacist of Indian descent who's willing to self-deport in the eventuality of the creation of a white ethnostate).
In the wake of the European migrant crisis (2015-), immigrant and Jewish members of nativist, anti-semitic and racist parties (like Kent Ekeroth, a Jew inside the Sweden Democrats, an organization founded by Neo-Nazis and still widely populated by them) could be included as well.
Of the five examples mentioned above, Phyllis Schlafly is the most vocal due to her firm beliefs in Conservative policies.
Even more extreme is Wendy McElroy, the self-proclaimed rape victim and "individualist feminist" who's the libertarian right's go-to rape apologist due to her status as a victim of rape (this, interestingly enough, creates a Catch-22 for feminists: they can't call into question her experience as a rape victim, but her status of rape victim lends credence to her arguments, at least in the eyes of rape apologists).
Generally speaking, internalized misogyny is best observed whenever a woman sides with rape and abuse apologists over the victims, often following victim blaming, this is often due to #MeToo or the notion that it supposedly promotes mythomaniacs.
LGBTQ communities are often swarmed by TERFs and ideologues, as well as Transphobes who are either gay, bi or lesbian. Most if not all of them are part of "LGB" sub-communities such as the LGB Alliance and r/LGBDropTheT. This causes transmisogyny to be very frequent in LGBTQ spaces forcing additional safe spaces to be opened for trans people.
To a lesser extent, truscum could be included in this as well, as they use their status as trans folk to dismiss the identity of genderqueer folk, appealing to the same kind of people that deny their gender identity as well as gobble up their nonsensical neurosexism about gendered brains to justify female oppression.
Some disabled people may justify ableism, taking their disabilities as objective proof that they are inferior (instead of considering the idea that maybe they deserve accommodations and inclusion).
The best example of this is autistic people who insist that autism needs a cure, even though autism is innate and the only possible cure may be selective abortion. When any autistic person tries to call them out on their behavior, they use this as evidence that autistics are "rude," "unempathetic," "abusive," and truly inferior to non-autistic people. Jonathan Mitchell and the autistic dark web are examples.
More insidious and far more common is the cloth coat Republican, namely a non-upper-class person who argues for neoliberal capitalist policies designed to benefit the upper class at the expense of everyone else.
Every right-wing libertarian who's not a plutocrat (which is 99.9% of them) fits this mold. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of the working-class base of Trump's campaign could also be included.
- Internalized Oppression / Misogyny - Devil's Lane
- I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word - HuffPo
- Why We Need to Stop Using the R-Word - Teen Vogue
- Why the R-Word Is the R-Slur - Special Olympics
- We’ve had all the insults. Now we’re reclaiming the language of disability - TheGuardian
- The ‘R’-Word Remains Prevalent Across Social Media - Special Olympics
- Giving Strangers The N-Word PASS - YouTube
- Docs: Autism Starts in the 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy
- What is autism?
- Al Sharpton Is A Bigot… Against Fat People: The trim activist loves to mock the overweight August 26, 2014. The Smoking Gun.
- The words are often used pejoratively indiscriminately against other people (Generally those without a disability) and have connotations of foolishness rather than their original medical definitions.