When I was in the military, I was stationed in an area that was full of tensions and we were told that the reason there were no negroes assigned as part of our force was that the local population only responded to strict control, having been under the thumb of the SS up to the end of WW-II, and negroes would only ignite them into civil disobedience, which we were there to quell, quickly and forcefully.
One of my best buddies, Rodruguez, was from McAllen, Texas, and for those of you who don't know what an Army Buddy is, let me set you straight, it is a relationship like no other, a person you depend on with your very life, almost like a marriage, more and at the same time less, than the love and trust of brothers, very difficult to explain, but Rod and I were talking and I told him that after we got out, I wanted to come and visit with him and his family in McAllen, and he told me I couldn't come there, that we would have to meet somewhere else, and he explained about the race situation in Texas against Mexicans and Spanish people, and I became furious, and told him, "Hell, Rod, if anyone tries anything like that you and me will kick their butts and teach them a little about respect ! !", but he was adamant and finally convinced me, and for years, I hated Texans for their treatment of Mexicans because my FRIEND was Mexican, but I gradually grew older and learned that that's just the way the world operates, and I grew up with the same attitudes about negroes, and I have since rationalized that a little of the attitudes are based in fact, but most in hearsay and fantasy, or just pure prejudice.
I guess age was the best curing medicine for me, and I would just like to say, "Hey, Rod, if you are out there, I'm still your Buddy, Man ! !"