We love our local library and go there often. One day, while everybody came out of story time, this happened. It just made it so clear to me that prejudice is a learned behavior. Children readily accept physical differences as long as no one has made it seem like they shouldn't.
In general, I feel very lucky that in our corner of Oregon we have yet to encounter gross prejudice. Sure, we get people who smile uncomfortably or are a little condescending in their friendliness, but at least they are all positive. I've yet to encounter really negative reactions to Malachi.
Not that long ago I watched a great movie called Music Within, which was in part about a man with cerebral palsy who lived in Portland. It really shown a light on how bad the discrimination was just a few decades ago.
We still have a long way to go, but I think this generation is off to a great start.