You are correct, I misused the word racist. I use it in a broader way. I use it for prejudice with regard to race, religion, ... (groups within the populations). Of course, in Belgium it is less of a hot-topic that the USA I suppose and so the faulty use (as I did) is also less of an issue.
Can you help me? How do you call inappropriate prejudice against:
- religious groups
- different language speaking groups
- immigrant groups
Religious groups - religious bias; religious intollerance; or relgious discrimination.
Language groups - Most of our foriegn language speakers speak Spanish and most are from Latin America (All of the American continents south of the USA) and identify themselves as "Hispanic" and many of the others are from nations such as India and Pakistan. While "Hispanic" is not a race this is often called "racial intollerance." More properly it would be called "ethnic" intollerance of discrimination.
National origin - ethnic.
BTW, there is no need to be apologetic. Your command of English is excellent and it is certainly much better than our Flemish or French. For that reason, I feel it is up to us to close the gap whenever there is a communication problem.