People like to say it was easier to talk about race in the last generation or in the 1950s.
No way, Jose.
1) In the 1950s anybody who said anything about race had the usual screams of anaziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews, but the screams were shouted by The Greatest Generation, which then went on to tell you how THEY suffered. They would instantly start screaming in your face.
2) It is hard to realize today how Americans back then simply could not deal with shrieking New York Jews. The great days of shrieking Jews came in the 1960s with the Abbie Hoffmann’s and the Susan Sonntags. They had total immunity. You do not realize today how much stronger Americans have become in that sense. I haven’t seen anybody put up with a shrieking New York Jews since the 1970s. But back then all they had to do was shriek and al the brave World War II heroes would turn on you.
3) Like everything else important, the absolute conviction on every college campus that everything including the opposable thumb came from Egypt, with Mesopotamia as a far-back second, has been totally forgotten. It was absolutely laughed at to say that Europe was any different from American Indians or sub-Saharan Africa before the Middle East stepped in. All of us were totally equal before Ex Oriente Lux.
4) Today even the New York Times admits that the hereditarian concept of race is now mainline thought. We fought for over thirty years, hard, to bring that about. I knew Putnam, Schuey, WC George, I was in contact with Jensen, I was in contact with Herrnstein, I knew Shockley, I knew Carleton Coon, I knew a list of heroes whose names are forever forgotten. It was long, hard struggle. And anybody who did not know that “Modern anthropology has proven that all races are equal in inherited abilities” was laughed at and declared a hick.