Because there's a history of racism in the US that goes back centuries. If your uncle was 77, then he was born around 1941, the same year President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened national defense jobs and other government jobs to all Americans regardless of race. But many areas of the country were still segregated - ever heard of the "whites only" drinking fountains? segregated schools? etc? - and people of color still faced a lot of discrimination. The civil rights movement in the US didn't happen until the 1950s and 60s. It was 1955, when your uncle was about 14, that Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, the same year Emmitt Till was lynched at the age of 14 by a mob of white men who were mad because they thought he touched a white woman. Martin Luther King Jr gave his "I have a dream" speech in 1963, when your uncle was around 22. Things didn't magically change at that moment. There were still many people who were racist and continued to be racist - like the KKK members who lynched a black man named Michael Donald in 1981. It can seem that older people are more racist - but there are older people who try not to be, and there are millennials who are racists, alt-right and white supremacists, too.
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