When I was a witness in Cleveland from the 60's to 1981. During the 70's in my congregation we had racial harmony. Whites, Blacks, Puerto Ricans, Italians, Irish, French. We only had 1 black couple at the time. I remember he was a Ministerial Servant. So was I. We probably were not elders because we were in our early 20's.
Although I remember the year I was 20 I was made a ministerial servant in charge of the litterature I pioneered that year and worked part time. My brother in law that year, who worked full time and published part time ,10 hours a month ,despite being in the last days ,1972 was made and elder. I complained and was told, well hes 21 and your 20. That didnt sit well with me. After that I ate the humble pie and remained gung ho until 19 75, publishing ,giving hour talks regularly, taking care of the literature and I was never made an elder. Nor were any other young brothers under 30. But that didnt sit right with me.Why could my brother-in-law be a 21 year old elder and no one else? To me, it was like a sibling rivalry, I had tried and fallen short. I could tell my brother in law back then was a much better hiney kisser than I. It made a calous on my heart for Jehober that he would fall for that. I was thinking maybe Adam and Eve were really able to hide from this guy in the garden after they sinned.
In modern times I reflect and am very grateful I was not made an elder, as I had the impetus and disgust to leave the organization in 1983. My brother in law is still in the borg, full tilt. Routinely blessing and thanking Jehober for all the good hes done and all the people he's shown the wonderful strobe light too. Participating in the joy of providing free professional labor at the quick builds. Offering marriage counsling from the insite hes garnered from the hours he's spent in front of the televison. He swallowed it hook lline and sinker. He even subscribed to the Armegeddon retirement plan. I look at him and I can see truth in the adage "Ignorance is bliss."
From that time in my life I learned the addage. "Sometimes its a blessing when you don't always get what you want." I don't have any ill feelings for my brother-in-law he is a most wonderful man. It seems he and Jehober were a marriage made in heaven. I would never meddle with their relationship. In fact I'm going to my brother-in-laws 35th wedding aniversary Saturday night. Imagine an apostate like me sitting at the kings table.
But back to your question during my 33 years of association with the Watchtower, I never noticed racism. Also I have never been black. I look at blacks the same as any other people. This could be a whole other topic. I have the upmost love and respect for my black brothers and sisters and I don't say that in a JW sort of way.