The word “bigot” gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s often used to dehumanize another person or group of people, for if someone is labelled a “bigot” then they become nothing more than that label in the eyes of others, instead of a nuanced human being with unique experiences and something to offer the world. No, if I call you a bigot then you are a bigot, and nothing else you say matters at that point, because what kind of reasonable person would listen to a bigot?

Then when all dialogue is cut off, the person accused of bigotry no longer interacts with the type of person who accuses them as such. And if they really are bigoted, then this divisiveness most likely widens the divide and allows their radical ideas to fester and multiply. Most likely, even real life bigots are not inherently hateful human beings, they probably just struggle with understanding life like the rest of us. This is just how name-calling works; it worked great in elementary school and now it’s working great for adults of all ages.

Cambridge Dictionary defines the word “bigot” as “a person who has strong, unreasonable beliefs and who does not like other people who have different beliefs or a different way of life.” I suppose that the “unreasonable” part of this is subjective when speaking in empirical terms, but the rest seems easy to digest.

So a conservative who hates liberals and their “different way of life,” simply because of their belief system? Bigot.
A liberal who hates conservatives for being so bigoted all the time? Bigot.