"I see it as folly to hold up the behavior that was ubiquitous throughout society 70 years ago,"
Remember back in Germany in the 1930s?
My great uncle Heinrich does. He's 91. Back when he was a young man in the late 1930's, most of his fellow Germans, most likely without malice, really believed that if you were Jewish you were not a true German and deserved to be in a concentration camp. Ol' Uncle Heinie remembers the parents used to sing a song while playing their zithers and bouncing their kids in the lederhosen:
"Arrest a Jew
Shave His head
Give him a number
then strike him dead"
No one found it alarming, really. It was just the way it was back then.