If it was, it completely took me in.
Is anyone making this claim?
I’d need to see a cite…but at a guess this kind of attitude crosses racial boundaries. In addition, I think that this kind of attitude is fading rather rapidly as time goes by, and is mainly a RURAL attitude.
I think a better indication that its FADING (hardly gone) is: Go to a mall sometime. If you see a young couple where one person is a minority (say black/hispanic/asian/indian/other) and one is white, look around. Or for that matter say a couple where one person is black and the other hispanic…or any other mixed racial group. Hell, how about a couple of the same sex holding hands. Is anyone taking any kind of special note? In my recent experience the answer is: no. No one cares.
When I was a kid had I tried to simply hold hands with the woman I’m married too in a public place where a lot of white folks were (like a mall, though of course I don’t remember any of THOSE from my own youth) you can bet there would have been stares…or worse. And a same sex couple was pretty much unheard of in my time…at least walking together holding hands in public.
People today have no concept of how things were as little as 20 years ago…let alone 30 or 100. In my own time its hard to believe how far we’ve come.
BTW, your statement about people in denial about racism works very well for more than American’s. Take a trip to Japan some time…or Europe or Africa. Just an FYI.