Moments later, I return with an unrelated problem.
One of my roommates had a guy over last night who was Israeli. I had a visceral reaction against this stranger, without knowing anything except where he was born. I don't want people to have that reaction toward me when finding out that I'm from the United States, but I still have it toward anyone identifying as from "Israel." I also had absolutely no desire to discuss this prejudice and perhaps have it dispelled; I didn't want to talk to him at all. We eventually conversed on the very safe topic of hedgehogs. Very few people I've met have opinions about hedgehogs that offend me.