Does racial intolerance bring about our worst moments as human beings? The Kite Runner examines the whole spectrum of racism: out-and-out hatred, religious justification of racism, nonviolent but still nasty racism, racism which coexists with generosity and kindness, and internalized racism which manifests itself as self-loathing. However, the plot suggests, the very ethnicity some people treat so poorly is closer to them than they might think – Amir finds out that his former servant, a member of the ethnic minority, is his half-brother. Thus, the book also explores redemption. Can we atone for a past of intolerance? Or, even further, can we atone for the intolerance of our parents?