When I was "young, dumb and full of ...." I was pretty liberal, voted Democratic, supported (unknowingly) all of the "left" causes. I saw such vehement racism in the party, not by a few but by almost everyone, that it began to disturb me. It was like minorities were talked about and treated more like "unruly, ignorant pets" than as people. I decided I couldn't go with "the program" anymore and was "cast out" once I stopped participating in their events, gatherings, etc. The change was almost immediate and nearly got violent a few times. No peace with that crowd.