There's too little civilized discourse these days, and too much heated rhetoric. Any chance to understand people who hold different beliefs is overwhelmed by insults and comments meant to demean. And social media have become the new vehicle for this kind of derision. Perhaps this began with the . . .
As kids in upstate New York, we didn't encounter the breadth of ethnicities we do in our everyday life today. For example, I didn't go to school with black kids until three moved to our town when I was in high school. I can't remember when I first saw an Asian of any kind, except in a Chinese . . .