"What we think of as the mind is internalized culture." (Edward Hall) I read many books by Hall as my mom was doing research. His words have stuck with me ever since.--
Hall spoke of people visiting places & presuming to know about the culture not understanding that culture is multifaceted & spending time in a particular region does not mean we comprehend the nuances of that area or culture.--
American culture is incredibly complex & varies regionally (& to a large extent by home) with some places having greater international influence than others.--
One issue at the root of prejudice & discrimination is fear stemming from ignorance of others, their beliefs & culture. We may see people different than us & make presumptions based on our biases. As the saying goes, "Where we stand is depends on where we sit." So where are we sitting? What have we internalized that causes us to act with prejudice towards others? In the end we must consider our mind/mentality to effect change, first within ourselves & then those around us.--
It is up to us to determine how, when & what aspects of culture we choose to expose our children, keeping in mind that they live in a global society & will eventually be exposed to ideas that we consider negative. As parents we must first educate ourselves in order to teach them.--
When I moved to the US, I found it incredible that people could be neighbors for years & not know each other's names. Do we know anything of the culture of our neighbors? What about that Asian, Hispanic or other than ourselves persons we see everyday? Do we see them? Do we acknowledge that their culture & experiences are just as relevant as ours?--
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." At the time these words were written there were many injustices like slavery, & disenfranchisement. As such the idea of these rights was not universal for all. I don't believe they meant me or other "minorities." However every day we must work to make it so & evolve to a higher place beginning with our minds.