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  1. One of the big reasons why I left Catholicism is the whole missing Mass is a mortal sin thing, so take that for what you will. However, taking care of a sick child is a "valid" reason to miss Mass according to Catholicism. I'd ask the priest to talk to your son about it.
  2. White guilt is 100% a thing that people are trying to get white people at own up to, though. I have no guilt due to my skin color, and a lot of people now find a problem with that. I also never excused racism, either. I just find it interesting that if I say something and my Asian husband who is an immigrant says the same thing we'll get two very responses to the statement. I would be the evil, or naive, white person (depending on who you talk to) who just hasn't experienced anything in life, but he would be listened to.
  3. Yes, but he didn't live where and when I did. The 90s, at least where I lived, was a world away from those decades. Arctic shades similar experiences in a similar timeframe and location as I have, and those are likely the limiting features. That area, especially particular areas of that area, really were different worlds from the rest of the U.S. in many ways.
  4. Society has become much less colorblind, though, because we now are supposed to pay attention to the differences, especially if we're white and must have the obligatory white guilt. My five-year-old nephew had a horrible experience at his preschool because he's white where the kids explicitly told him he was being excluded because he was white. (Much more happened as well, and the teacher did nothing.) People can deny that I had the experiences I had growing up and say it's because I'm white all they want to. However, I lived it and have talked to people I knew growing up who are not white about it and they had the same experiences in many ways.
  5. Well, in your first post you just said chicken. I've never read the book.
  6. And chicken is a very normal thing for an American family to prepare. Should the author have purposefully had them making beef just because the characters were black?
  7. Interesting. See, my mom's high school boyfriend was Hispanic. My dad, my mom, and I are all in interracial marriages. My sister's previous husband was also not white. Their races were not considerations for anyone in our immediate family (extended family is different).
  8. We also never thought we should wear makeup if wearing a costume portraying someone of a different race. A white girl wearing a Pocahontas costume didn't wear skin color makeup and the same went for an Asian kid dressing up like Lincoln.
  9. Saying those things she mentioned never would have even occurred to us growing up. (We knew that the company behind Hello Kitty was Asian and had Sanrio stores, bit it wasn't something we thought of in a racial way.)
  10. Almost all of friends were not white, and I went to schools that were roughly 30% white, 30% Hispanic, and 30% Asian, and we never talked about racist older people or blacks. We never really talked about race, though.
  11. I had heard the terms "minstrel shows" and "vaudeville" but had never seen what a minstrel show was. Any depiction I had seen of vaudeville did not include blackface.
  12. In reference to the topic of the thread, I would suggest raising children in the religion you believe in. If you leave the Orthodox Church, which it really sounds like you want, and go to a Methodist or Episcopal church, you won't be changing religions, though, just denominations.
  13. I was never exposed to blackface until this past decade. Our history classes talked about the evils of white people but never minstrel shows. I'm 33 and grew up in an extremely diverse and low income area of Southern California.
  14. Catholics out here tend to be very very liberal, but I live in an exceedingly liberal area. One of the schools has a principal who is Muslim, the churches participate in the women's marches, and they celebrate pride events. You can't stereotype American Catholics because it varies a lot.
  15. American Christianity has not aligned itself with one political party, and plenty of churches openly support the "other" side. I walked out of a Catholic church a few months ago because the priests went in a tirade against conservatives (named them) as the homily.
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