Some of these individuals could be naive or unindoctrinated in the ways of a different culture.
I was just this way as a white kid growing-up in a segregated city, during and just after the civil-rights movement & the King marches.
Not long after, I dated a black girl.
I marveled at the diversity of thought I found in her family, after seeing nothing but Dr. King & Jessie Jackson on TV, and watched them marching through our neighborhood en mass with huge crowds in tow.
After meeting them, I was like: "What"? "What do you mean you don't like Jessie Jackson"? "Isn't he your guy"?
I actually expected they worshiped 'their guys' the way we worshiped Sinatra, Rocky Marciano, & Joey D.
Yeah, I was that naive ...
(and it's probably why I love the movie 'A Bronx Tale')