Yes, I have always felt very comfortable around black people. My best friend in high school was a beautiful very dark black girl. I was always very pale. Kind of a odd looking pair, we were. Her name was Mary.
My family never discriminated openly when I was young, before my mom involved us in JW's. But, later on, I realized that my grandparents on my father's side, did feel that the black person should not have the rights that a white person does. This hurt me a great deal, and I didn't understand it. They were religious people, so how could they think this way?
When I was a JW, I had lots of black friends. They seemed more sincere and loving than my white friends. They always shared, everything. They knew hard times. Maybe it was because I grew up in a country tenant house, that had no running water at all, which meant, no kitchen sink or bathroom. We had to draw our water from the well, until I was fourteen. I knew what hard times were as well.
To me, I really don't like to hear distinctions made as to the color of a persons skin, black or white. It seems cruel to label people. When I went to school, they were just beginning the desegregation, and it was difficult for Mary, my friend, because she was the only black girl in our senior class. Gradually, that changed, but it didn't happen overnight. They forced the black kids to attend white schools. She was black and a JW, and that must have been tough, but she never complained. She was a true friend. I miss her.
Right now, my good friend is Linda. She is a beautiful black woman. She just recently got married for the second time after many years of being a single divorced mother. She has a genuiene heart. My husband and I were invited to her wedding, and we were the minority, but never felt "so". We were treated with love and respect and kindness by all her relatives and friends.
Basically, I am drawn to individuals who display good spiritual qualities, that is, people who know how to be kind and loving and do not judge others. Black or white, it makes no difference. And, now we not only have these, but we have folks from all different cultures living in the US. Times have changed. I think back to the way some American's treated the Indians and the blacks, and it was horrible. It was barbaric.
Maybe one day, we will learn how to get it right.