RACIAL DIVISION AND FEARS are not unique to the United States, where rifts so often form along lines of color. As events in Rwanda and other parts of Africa have shown, rivalries between tribes, ethnic groups, religions, or other differences also keep people apart. Fear, which is so often at the heart of such differences, leads to devaluing individual human beings—no matter what their color—and classifying them as "other."

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