The brilliant Tanya Golash-Boza has written a groundbreaking piece on racism, which everyone should read. This is everything I think but have not been intelligent enough to explain. Thanks to Z for bringing it to my attention.
Whenever I see Tim Wise on Melissa Harris-Perry's program I get quite distressed at seeing a man who has made a career out of calling other people out on their racism. As Golash explains, racism is a social system that does no one any good, including racists. Wise said Hillary Clinton was a racist, because she pointed out that a bad economy hurts whites, too. In a non-racist society poor people would be poor people, not white poor people and black poor people, and then maybe we would do a better job of tackling poverty. That's just one example of how racism harms us all.
Racism is embedded, systematic and benefits no one.
BTW: The comments to this piece show clearly that this country is falling apart because we won't come to terms with racism.