You are NOT a racist. You believe all people are created equal. You do not discriminate based on skin color. You are NOT "the Man," keeping the Black Man down.
Or are you? Do you, like me, engage in a kind of perceived racism by merely existing as a white person in America? Are you part of an overarching white power infrastructure that makes it, if not more difficult for black Americans, then at least easier for whites? Yes, you are if you are white.
White people have no concept of what being black or Mexican-American in America means on a daily, and even a minute by minute, basis. The burden is often crushing for minorities whether you realize it or not, and for almost all of you, you probably never will.
This is not your fault. Black people will not personally tell you, a white person, about this reality, because they either do not trust you or do not think you will or can accept it. Let me rephrase that: there are those who counter-productively talk "at" the white establishment on behalf of "blacks." But individual, Charles Byrd to Tom Worth, person to person, soul to soul connections are really what has to happen.
When - not if, but when - our personal existence and experience is electrified by those connections, that will be but a short step in the long march. Time, measured in generations rather than months or years, must pass, with each son and daughter doing more than their parents to change the world.