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  •  I was a kid in the 90's (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, raincrow

    and we did not talk about race at all. My family is all white except my step mother (Asian), and we're northerners. I had black friends, Asian friends, but no Latinos - they just weren't / aren't that common in the rural Northeast.

    When I moved to Ohio to go to college in Cincinnati, I met racist people for the first time, black and white. It was a great shock to me! Obviously I knew about race differences, I don't mean I was "color blind." It was just never treated as something other than a factoid, like being a tall person or a thin person.

    •  Similar situation in my upbringing..BUT (0+ / 0-)

      I was in a small Wisconsin town, and grew up in the 80's with one biracial boy (Japanese & white) and one black boy (adopted  by a white Lutheran minister, and had a white brother).  Everyone else was white (well, later I realized that some were partly Native American but this did not register at the time).

      The thing is, these people were culturally like the rest of the folks they grew up around, and "passed" in that way.   As a high schooler I was naively proud that we didn't seem to experience racism in our town.  I was taught that that was something that only happened in the deep south, and believed it because we had no "Merles" (Walking Dead reference) around.

      Looking back, I forgot that we had racist protests against Native Americans during that time. After I left, as more Hmong students moved into the area one school district experienced protests over integrated busing (in the 90's, in Wisconsin!).

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