As you all know New England especially through the 1980s huge areas were very lily white. I went to Catholic schools from 1970s to early 1990s (grade school through college).
I have no idea what triggered this memory. It was in JR High late 70s Catholic.school. Most teachers were nuns in the school. One day a classmate asked about naming children Jesus since an actor was named Jesus..
Well the nun looked in her 70s (remember I was 13 she could have been late 50s) well she went on a tirade, not against the student.
She said its the Hispanics who name their child Jesus means well but is doing it out of ignorance and its offensive. She went on that there is only one Jesus and having a different pronunciation is still an affront and sacriligious. Looking back it seems like she was the only one I met spouting this racist crap but wonder now maybe not.
I wonder how much other racist crap I was taught and absorbed not realizing it was racist. It must be easy teaching racist crap when you have all white students.
I am going to make a further post another day on this but want to concentrate on what the nun said. Was that form of racism prevelant or was this a really unique form of racism.
Why did she say it? A white student asked and she felt safe spouting it off in front of all white students.