What this made me think about...
Living here in Louisiana, I've noticed that a lot of times when I'm at the store or whatever people who are the same skin color as I am will acknowledge me with a friendly smile. I like being acknowledged, it makes me feel accepted. On the other hand, a lot of these same individuals will ignore those who are not the same color as the two of us. That makes me very sad and kind of ashamed of humanity.
It also forces me to consider my own view of people. Whose my "tribe"? When I'm out and about and I see someone who shares my ethnicity, I don't automatically consider them a part of my "tribe". If, however, I see someone accidentally walk into a glass door or say, trip and fall for no apparent reason my eyes light up and I see a new friend. I'm not even joking, I'm completely serious. Awkwardness is my tribe, it's what I relate to.
This being said, I also feel that cat and dogs with all of their weird eccentricities are a part of my tribe. The way cat's beg you to open the door for them and then once it's opened they can't decide if they're going to go out or stay in. I'm completely like that with the refrigerator. Also, dogs with peeing on everything- I don't actually pee on stuff but I like to mark my territory in the world. Like, in high school I used to write random poems on sticky notes and drop them in the halls, post them on the bathroom stall walls, slip them in random people's lockers just cuz.
I'm getting a little off topic here, but really my point was that if we can share traits in common with cats and dogs then I think we should be able to look beyond the color of someone's skin to see what we have in common with them and realize that we're all a part of one giant tribe.