Our folk history — mythology at best — treats racism as the product of the mythical racist: the white-robed KKK burning crosses, the slaveowner with a whip in his hand and “nigger” on the tip of his tongue, the lone vigilante shooting up black churches. This mythology serves a simple purpose: shift the burden of racism away from the society to the individual.
But racism is not a lone individual with rage and hatred in his heart. Racism is not about the racist. Racism is an institution of oppression that permeates every aspect of society.