Originally Posted by go bowe
i would have gone with 64 when the civil rights act was passed instead of 70 though...
It's hard to pin down, really. Certainly there were people who were born (and raised) here before 1970 that you wouldn't consider racist. And it's not like a gigantic anti-racist wave magically spread over the entire country at some point in the past, it just became less and less acceptable over the decades.
My dad was born in 1938. When he was very young he met another boy in his neighborhood and quickly became friends with him. They played for hours in front of my dad's house the first day they met. When my dad came inside, his (very pissed off) dad told him, "I don't ever want to see you playing with that ****er boy again."
My dad was crushed. He walked into the kitchen and sat at the table near his mom. He started to complain and his mom said, "You heard your dad. He doesn't ever want to see you
play with that boy again." So after that they always left the neighborhood to play and remained good friends for years until they lost track of each other. This was in the 40's. It made enough of an impression that my dad told me that story about forty years later.
My dad wasn't Politically Correct by any means. He knew the crappiest racist jokes and would tell them just to see how you'd react. I remember him saying once, in his own living room, "Black people are great, everybody should own one." And yet he never failed to treat people with respect who were different than him...unless they lost his respect. He'd tell jokes or make comments about gay people but I found out after he died that not only did he know that my step uncle (unrelated to him) was gay (big family secret), but treated him with dignity and respect. Uncommon in that time period and in that location.
I think, for the most part, people who weren't dicks knew that racism was wrong well before our magic enlightenment. It was socially acceptable though. So that just made it easier to be a dick. I think the mods are just trying to make sure that it doesn't become socially acceptable here.