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    What I meant by watching things seem to get better ... I lived in the Northeast, in the suburbs outside of Philly. In my early teens, I remember occasionally a black family would move into a housing development, and the white adults who lived in surrounding houses would be upset about it. I heard some of my friends' parents and their neighbors talking about property values going down and other concerns based on stereotypes.

    But several years later, that attitude had changed and black and white families were living together in these neighborhoods, and I didn't witness the kind of talk among my parents' generation that I had earlier. My friends and I were friends with all the kids our age in these neighborhoods, regardless of race, and had been appalled by the things our parents had been saying earlier. We thought things had finally changed.

    But that was only in my one small corner of the world, and not long after, like I said, Morton Downey Jr. started with the trash talk in the 1980s, followed by Limbaugh, and my brother and his friends went down that road, thinking it was hysterical to say un-PC things that were offensive against ethnic and other different groups. So it didn't last long.

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