1 year ago
I conjecture that the man is, first and foremost, a human being who may hold bigoted ideology in the abstract yet recognizes the humanity in each individual. Internal conflict, yes, but that is what it is to be human.
Second, it is possible he believed the message at an earlier time in his life, but has departed that path, leaving the permanent markings on his body of a temporary belief.
Third, it is possible that his children soften him. Perhaps it is impossible for him to inhabit the same skin while in their presence.
Fourth, most subtle, his beliefs have modified only to the point that he believes the best way to ensure his children's future is by enlightened self-interest, including peaceful coexistence.