Discrimination is absolutely an evil. Those whose minds are so distorted injure the lives of others as well as themselves. Attempting to locate the “roots” of one’s identity in a particular racial or ethnic group is an illusion. It is like a mirage in the desert. Such a sense of identity only heightens distinctions between self and others, and becomes an underlying cause of conflict and strife. What is needed today is a common sense of our deeper human identity that can be shared by all. When we change the way we see ourselves as human beings, everything will change.
Stories of Hope
Historian Arnold Toynbee dared to challenge stereotypes of people and cultures—and was fired from London University as a result.