Dictionaries: not hard to use. Photo by Romain Vignes on Unsplash

Bad people always try to justify their bad behavior. Cheaters claim that everyone cheats and it’s no big deal. Thieves claim that they deserved what they filched and it was only fair that they took it. Racists claim that their behavior doesn’t count as racism.

That’s a big problem when these racists are gaining positions of power in academia and the media. They’re using their loudspeakers to spread their excuses for…