From a Carnegie Corporation Report, "Prejudice, Ethnocentrism and Violence in an Age of High Technology," by David A. Hamburg:
Despite the immense, and ultimate, significance of the problems of prejudice, ethnocentrism and conflict, these subjects are still pretty low on the world's agenda -- in science, in the media, in the business community, in the churches, and in governments. The powerful sectors of society everywhere tend to be complacent about such matters and to see them fuzzily as someone else's problems far away. Avoidance and denial tend to substitute for careful scrutiny; authority substitutes for evidence; blaming substitutes for problem-solving. The capacity for wishful thinking in these matters is enormous, as is the capacity for self-justification. But the issue must be faced now in a way that it has never been before.
It is certainly not beyond human ingenuity to move this subject higher on the world's agenda. For instance, strong organizations covering wide sectors of science, technology and education can take an increasingly active role in coping with this critical issue. The scientists and educators, through their most dynamic organizations, can use their formidable influence to strengthen research and education on child development and the growth of prejudice and ethnocentrism and on conflict resolution. . . . Attitudes, emotions, beliefs and political ideologies from our past will often hinder such efforts to enhance our understanding and even impede the utilization of scientific knowledge when it is available, but our motivation for survival is strong, our problem-solving capacities are great, and the time is not yet too late.