I don't know why but lately I've been thinking a lot about this subject. Despite the fact that the US has seen sweeping progress in civil rights laws -- and their enforcement -- in the last 50 years, there is still tremendous overt and systemic racism in this country. Even more pernicious is the deep-seated racism many Americans carry with them, even those who would like to believe they have rid themselves of many stereotypical prejudices. The same is true for Europe and frankly most regions of the world. Without resorting to name-calling and attacking each other, what do you all think about this? Is it solvable on a personal let alone country-wide basis, or will we always be burdened by inherent prejudices toward people of other races and ethnicities? Are they in fact burdens?