You are correct.
In the very early 70's I went to a high school that was integrated for the very first time. Before that the high schools were a black high school and
a white high school. Anyone not black, was deemed white and went to the white school.
I have to admit tensions were very high and for me high school was a terrible experience, I have never been to a reunion and will never go, I never
want to see those people ever again. I was a military brat. For the military kids, many of us, it was our first experience with blatant and mean
racism. We could not understand the hatred were the third group in the high school. The school was divided into 3 groups that kept away from each
other out of a lack of understanding, black/white/interracial military kids.
School was a nightmare with local whites and local blacks constantly fighting, shoving and hating each other with a passion so deep you can not
imagine. The only time since I have seen passion this deep between the races has been since the BLM rioting and looting started and BLM leaders said
things like they restrain themselves from killing white people, and white people have been greatly insulted by a phrase that suggests to them that
their lives don't matter. Even if that is not the intended message, that is the message sent and it has caused great harm and division.
One of my close white friends (a military brat) in high school had a huge crush on one of the local black teens in her English class. I clearly
remember her asking him to meet her in the park for a bike ride. He told her he could not because he would be beat up and it was too dangerous for
them to be seen together, even though he had a crush on her too. I clearly remember her being so upset and distressed and unbelieving that they could
not be seen together in public. As a military brat, I had never before encountered this kind of racism as I grew up in a totally integrated
environment where the races worked together and respected each other.
This WAS real life in the early 1970's.
In college, in the mid 1970's one of my La Raza friends had a girlfriend who was white. He told her never to come to his dorm room or approach him
when he was with his La Raza friends because they would not understand him being with a white girl. Of course, they broke up after he proposed and
she said no because he was ashamed of the color of her skin and hair (blonde). This hit me extra hard, I was appalled at this clear and open reverse
Racism, in all directions was horrible in the 1970's.
I saw this improve greatly through the 1980's. Although even in the late 80's I had a realtor say "you don't want to live in that neighborhood, it is
(not my skin color).
But it was much better in the 80's, a person of color dating a white person was fast becoming acceptable. My sister entered into a bi-racial
marriage and both families embraced them with love.
By the 2000's multi racial dating was nearly universally acceptable and I don't know of anyone who feared violence because they were seen with a
person not of their own race.
Now, no one thinks twice about an interracial couple.
Things have radically changed.
I can't imagine a black person being beat to a pulp for dating a white person. I could however, in today's climate see a white male being beaten up
for dating a black woman if he went into a city like Portland, Seattle, NY city, Minneapolis with the polarization and hatred we are seeing openly
expressed for white people by liberals/leftists/progressives.
edit on 8/20/20 by The2Billies because: addition format