DMBroller, on Thursday, June 1st, 2006, 5:13 PM, said:
So this is more of a nature vs. nurture thing for you?
pretty much. because i mostly wasn't encouraged into this. my grandparents, who i spent a lot of time with, who didn't know any better, were rather racist. not racist enough that it impaired their judgement as people as a whole, but definitely leaning on the racist side. and forget about interracial dating. my mom actually had been offered a date from a black guy, but turned him down, not that she didn't want to, but out of fear of what her parents would say or do.my mom didn't encourage it, but she certainly didn't discourage it either. which is a blessing.but seriously, it's more of a natural thing to me than anything else. i've never seen anything wrong about it except for the perceptions that my peers had given me through the years (of course, pretty negative) and my fear of what they thought. i got over that a while ago, but that was even hard itself. and of course, no longer having to hang around high school buddies meant i could pick my friends better, and i wound up surrounding myself with people that didn't see a problem in it.but honestly? this is pretty laughable, but i can actually see signs of this kind of thing pretty early on in my life. that would be a huge list to compile, but i could definitely compile quite a few.