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Hidden racism from people that shocked you

Last night I had dinner with an older couple (one is hardcore fiscal republican but socially liberal, the other one votes both ways and is actually more socially conservative) and they, as usual, got on the subject of politics. They don't like Obama but I had never realized before how much so. They both got angry and agitated when I said that while I wasn't crazy about Obama I would not vote for Romney. One of them lost their temper and basically said "we have to get the black man out of the White House". Shocked silence from me before I told them that skin color should not matter when voting to which they then tried to recover and say they like SOME black people. I really was shocked because I'd never realized they really were that racist. Maybe it's just their age but now I don't want to talk to them. Anyone else known people and then realized their true feelings? Did you punch and delete?


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