"Encouraging genealogy is an effective method of combating racism. By understanding the diversity of one's own background, 'celebrating,' or at least respecting, the diversity of others becomes more likely.
"Genealogy can also be a spur to education. We will pay more attention to history and geography if our families are caught up in it. There is also the sobering thought that as we evaluate our ancestors we focus on what our descendants will think of us – if they can be bothered to find out."
-- British writer Harry Phibbs in an article in The Guardian