I was first introduced to the sneetch story in highschool on the first day of sociology. The teacher sat down in front of the class and read this little story of the sneetches and then said "And that, boys and girls, is what it's all about."
After thinking it over I came to agree that that ingroup/outgroup
dynamic in human nature seems to be the biggest factor in humanities bigotry.
The big challenge, as I see it is in opposing it without becoming part of it. As soon as there is an us and a them we are already in trouble. I know I would never have been able to attend the funeral of Mathew Shepard without ending up in jail after some brawl with the Phelps crowd.
Just the idea of visiting more anti-gay bullshit on the funeral of an anti-gay hate crime victim just infuriates me no end. I simply have no way to comprehend that kind of mentality.
It's like someone who has never been molested or abused coming on this site and telling us all that we deserved it and that we are now all going to hell for being victims.
The only way I'm able to think of those kind of people as people at all is to think of them as being mentally retarded. In a very real sense I believe they are. How could they not be and still think the way they do as though their world view really makes some kind of twisted sense?!
But there are other forms of mental retardation than things like fetal alcohol syndrome or mongoloidism. Teaching small children the cultural heritage of hatred while discouraging independent thought can work "wonders". This is why I love Dr. Suesse's approach of wrapping it in a simple children's story.