It wasn't just racism. Racism was built into the culture, a part of it but not a defining part.

It had always been that way. It was rooted in the Civil war era and before. it was a remnant of the reconstruction too. The apartheid part was written into law...separate but equal. Black people lived in "the quarters".

But mostly and most recently the culture I was born into was a remnant of the Great Depression. Hardscrabble times that left everyone bruised and battered. It also just happened to be an apartheid society.

Good coffee, good weed, and time on my hands...