I regard every person's difference as a gift to me. I have learned to appreciate behavior that I considered "wrong" according to the culture I was raised in: the body language in way someone sits in their chair, looks in my eyes or away, or stands close to me; the way they walk or talk or the music they listen to; their religious or scientific belief system; even the way they perceive "reality." I have also learned to not consider my own speech, beliefs, dress or behavior "wrong" because it is different.
Language , linguistics and discourse are active areas of study in the humanities , along with literature and the arts . Discourse analysis seeks to reveal the meaning of race and the actions of racists through careful study of the ways in which these factors of human society are described and discussed in various written and oral works. Van Dijk (1992), for example, examines the different ways in which descriptions of racism and racist actions are depicted by the perpetrators of such actions as well as by their victims.  He notes that when descriptions of actions have negative implications for the majority, and especially for white elites, they are often seen as controversial and such controversial interpretations are typically marked with quotation marks or they are greeted with expressions of distance or doubt. The previously cited book, The Souls of Black Folk by . Du Bois, represents early African-American literature that describes the author's experiences with racism when he was traveling in the South as an African American.
Intercultural Competencies - This page explains the five competencies that were defined by the . bishops in making "Recognition of Cultural Diversity in the Church" one of their priorities. The manual Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers can be found online or obtained in print from USCCB Publishing . Regional trainings on the competencies are being scheduled at this time. Visit the Intercultural Competency site often for updates. If interested in hosting or organizing a training, please contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at ytaylor-burwell@ or 202-541-3152.