After an interview with Bobby Fischer when he was eighteen years old, Ralph Ginzburg wrote:
Finally, though it was easy to see how Bobby could offend people with his sweeping statements, he does not show malice. Concerned with his own feelings, he is gentle, shy, almost timid. Bobby is, as his sister later told me, "a boy who requires an extra amount of understanding." Perhaps this is inevitable for a boy who has grown up without a father.
This was after the same interview which included the following interaction:
"Am I correct in surmising that there are quite a number of Jews in the upper echelons of chess?"
"Yeh, there are too many Jews in chess. They seem to have taken away the class of the game. They don't seem to dress so nicely, you know. That's what I don't like."
"You're Jewish, aren't you?"
"Part Jewish. My mother is Jewish."
It's my own opinion that Bobby Fischer isn't anti-Semitic, or sexist or racist or any other -ist. He doesn't promote these views the way that, say, the Ku Klux Klan does. He's simply too self-focused to care about being open-minded at all.