I grew up in the south. There were a LOT of people that are exposed to racist attitudes. A lot of people from ALL races (Cubans were the forgotten minority in Florida of the 60s and 70s) were adversely impacted by the race situation. But VERY FEW people full on embraced racial hatreds so much so that they joined the Klan. Not only did he join, he excelled. That wasnt a youhtful indiscretion...that was a way of LIFE. His behaviors have ALWAYS been calculated. On the plus side...its good to know folks are so forgiving to people like Strom Thurmond.