We had black people. They were just people...just like blonds, red heads, just people. We all cried when a school refused to play our basketball team because Rosella was a member...just another good ball player to us, one of the team. That is when I first heard the word "nigger" as a bad word and disliked, no, hated the reference. Rather than take Rosella off the team, the team did not play the schools that forbade her color on the court.
Being politically correct is a pain in the behind, sometimes they are just words, it's how you use them that makes them ugly. I still "nigger-rig" things and forget to be PC. It's just a word for making do with what you've got until you can do it better.
I truly think prejudice was best defined by a Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints commercial from many years ago. A grandfather and grandson were fishing in a small boat on a lake or pond. The grandson says, "Grandpa, my Jewish friend says I'm prejudice. What is that?" Grandpa answered, "It's when you say your 'Jewish friend' and not just your 'friend'."
...And that is my controversial politically incorrect opinion for the day.