Originally Posted by badhatharry
Except that in days past when it was honorable to be racist certainly what one said about being racist was probably true. So maybe there's a different dynamic when some behavior or view isn't socially acceptable. But how would it have been for some guy in the south who had friendly feelings towards blacks but had to pretend that he did not?
I grew up in the South from age seven through fifteen. I lived where it was "honorable" to be racist - yet coming from the north I had little or no previous exposure to those social behavior-shaping forces. You learn to smile at the racist jokes told by other kids or adults - just enough to maintain your cover. Wanting to be accepted by the other kids can be a huge force when you're young. Even so that didn't always work out as some kids called me "yankee" or "damned yankee" anyway - and not always in just a joking around way - although it would always get a laugh from the gang.