I hate stigma, it’s basically a problem of ignorance. There’s no easy solution, but you know I participated in a Stigma Stompers parade down 13 blocks of St. Louis a few years back and the theme that they decided on was “Talk About It”.
To my mind one of the problems are that the majority of humans are actually, though capable of amazing things as a group, actually very simple, especially when it comes to social thought. I’ve always found people only able to hold so many concepts in their minds before it’s just too much to bother to think about. I’ve always seen black and white thinking as a common problem in the majority’s thought as well.
Having gone from socially gifted to a loner who mainly watched on by the time of the third grade, I see myself as having at least some unique insight. I see it on the grand scale so much, either or thinking, black and white thinking, and I believe it melts down to our species not originally existing in or having much time to evolve living in the expansive societies that really haven’t existed for very long in an evolutionary sense. We’re village and tribe dwelling creatures when it comes down to it. And what I’ve read of how those cultures thought of even the closest neighboring but differing tribe or village supports this some.
Of course the freaking media doesn’t help, but then what is seen in the microcosm is reflected in the macro.