This story happens in the US of A.
It is a kid's birthday party.
He tells his mom he wants to call Elizabeth who's in his class.
Mom asks, "Is she white, or black?"
"Just a minute, I'll check with her."
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This was supposed to be a joke. The innocence part is probably a bit exaggerated. But the conditioning that we go through in our early years, and the effect that is has on us, remains a fact.
I hear about a Jew who grew up in Canada. How the family members injected racism into their bloods when they were kids. How "saving Israel" became their first priority in life. And how she felt ashamed of it when she grew up and got to know more about Israel. And how she became an outsider, an "agent", at home..