Gentleman's Agreement is a great movie. If you have not seen it, you need to. (even if you are not a movie person, Buck) ;) It is about antisemitism. Gregory Peck is a journalist who pretends to be Jewish for three months. He does it for a different preceptive on antisemitism.
This spawned a I.I. on racism, prejudice and antisemitism. During World War I and II many people were racist against Eastern Europeans and the Japanese. I know Hitler was a terrible and cruel man. But not all Germans were/are and not all Eastern Europeans were/are cruel. Hitler killed the Jews. He also killed many other people but his rage was often focused on the Jews. He hated them. How is being antisemitic any different than being like Hitler? It is not! Racism is the same no matter what color you paint it. Hate is hate. Antisemitic people may not have killed Jews but they still hate them because of their race. For that matter anyone who is racist is not any different than a cruel ruler like Hitler.
Why do people hate other people based on race and religion? Some say it is because they are different. I don't buy that. Being different is no reason to hate someone. What starts racism? When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor many Americans hated the Japanese. I can see hating the people who bombed your country and killed many men and woman. But not hating the nationality. Not every Japanese person supported the bombing. There was no reason for prejudice. Racism is something I will never understand.
Racism is applied to any race and religion. Some people are racist and do not speak it and some boldly speak if it. I want to talk with someone who is racist. I want to ask them why they are racist and what reason do they have for it. I could go deeper into this subject but I will stop before you think I am preaching to you. There may be more to come on this topic. Just warnin' ya.