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    it wasn't uncommon for white kids to be raised by otherwise good people who were, whether knowingly or not, racist. We understand racism better now. It isn't about specific words, it's about beliefs. My parents weren't bad people.  They simply learned it from their parents, who learned it from theirs, and so on. They considered themselves the opposite of racist because they had black friends, right?

    •  Intersestingly even in the 194os, My dad hated (1+ / 0-)
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      what he saw in his own southern neighborhoods and always detested racism..he found it all cruel and hateful even when all the adults around him were racist. I think becxause some kids were cruel to him because he was poor and did not have a dad.  

      Where I disagree iwth you, is I do not find any racist person to be a good person, as that racism reveals such hate, ignorance and nothing that I find to be good.  
      It is horrible in my eyes and I refuse to have any relationship with a racist and i have cut off friends who turned out to be bigots. But then again, this started as I got older and realized life is too short and I cannot be around that level of hate anymore if at all possible.

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      by wishingwell on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:48:43 PM PST

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      •  of a certain age, 80% of white people (1+ / 0-)
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        have some racism.
        But 80% of White people of that era aren't "bad people".

        it's age dependant I find, very largely, as well as location dependant.

        With people say born before 1940 in the south I imagine finding one that has no racism would not be as easy as trying to be friends with people born in the 80s.

        •  good point, although we challenged our (1+ / 0-)
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          grandparents on their racism and called them out about it , we were more patient and did find more good in them than say a cousin who is now 50 and racist.  That we will not put up and seek to distance ourselves.

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          by wishingwell on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:15:35 AM PST

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    •  But my dad stopped the cycle way back in the 40s (2+ / 0-)
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      and 5os, he said he never bought the excuse of what we learned from our parents. Once we are adults, we can decide for ourselves to keep hating or open up our hearts and minds. He never would let himself or us use the example of doing something wrong just because our parents did. That did not fly with him and I am so very very happy he was that way.

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      by wishingwell on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:50:12 PM PST

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