What is the foundation of bigotry and racism? The thought that you are different than I am, and I find it uncomfortable. This election cycle has been charged with racism and bigotry. We have Trump making statements about Mexicans and Muslims, and fueling it all with the chant "Build a Wall". "Build a Wall" is the last thing we want to do. The building of walls doesn't protect you, it isolates you. It isolates you from gaining a true understanding of the undeniable differences between all people. We all have gaps to fill, by learning and understanding another person's view you have an opportunity to fill your own gaps. It doesn't mean you change, it means you evolve.
As a kid I used to watch a PBS show titled "Connections" hosted by James Burke. It traced the evolution of ideas and inventions. What the show taught me is that evolution and progress occurred when they crossed ideological and geographic borders. The genesis of a concept in one place was often transformed and evolved as it seeded a greater concept somewhere else. Had there been walls and non-acceptance we wouldn't be as far as we are today, and if we had less barriers we would be further than we are today.
Rather than walls we should be building bridges, so that we may evolve and grow together. Bridges build a greater understanding and appreciation for the differences inherent in different cultures. I was surprised when I watched a documentary on the world class restaurant Noma located in Copenhagen. I had the impression that the Danes and Scandinavia in general were very accepting of outsiders. I was wrong. The award winning chef of Noma is of Macedonian heritage and when his family relocated to Denmark they were constantly taunted with remarks calling them "Balkan Bastards". This wasn't white on black, or white on yellow, this was white on white. This is similar to Southerners and Yankees. The chef and his family found it difficult to find housing in addition to other symptoms of racism. It was very interesting, because this chef of Macedonian decent was actually breathing life into Danish and Scandinavian cuisine, taking it back to the roots and lifting the entire foodie industry in Scandinavia as a result.
While it is important to deal with the vile elements of any culture, the gangs from Mexico and El Salvador, the Radical Islamists from Syria and Iraq, and radical right militia of America, it is more important to build bridges to the different groups that are not a threat within Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Iraq and America. Don't let your hate cloud your vision of what is good and adoptable from another culture. Open your eyes and grow.