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Hello Heather,
I guess I did not make it clear enough that I considered Oxford as an Anytown USA.The original story mentioned being there a few days and the changes noticed. Initial impressions are not always reality. That in a nutshell is my point.
The incident you mentioned at the university could be at any university and that goes to my point. Racism is not gone. Slightly diminished maybe. In the shadows yes but far from gone and certainly not something from other generations only.
It did not matter what town the story was about. My comments would have generated comments from people in any town defending it as not racist or no longer racist.
Your comments about tolerance across the board are read with much appreciation and hope. Hopefully they are contagious.