I think that one day we will be able to move on from our racist past. We made a BIG step when we elected Pres. Obama but we have to embrace the Golden Rule hardcore. I live in the DEEP South, Georgia to be excact. They sent "bad" slaves LA, GA, AL, MS, FL, because the work was hardest. I have NEVER encouter any kind of racism from Southern whites. They are the nicest people you ever want to meet. Southern whites put forth effort to show that they are not like their grandparents.
Now, my home state of California is one the racist states I have ever lived especailly the Central Valley. African Americans only live in two parts of Cali, the Bay Area and LA that's it! I got called a N in Santa Barbara, Ca on State St. When I moved to Modesto, Ca, my next door neighbors (white) would not speak to us and they moved out after about a month. They really got to know their neighbors, right! I had work in the Bay Area which is an 90 min commute on a good day because I couldn't get a job in Modesto.
There needs to be a UNITED effort from all 50 states to bury our ugly past. We can start by prosecuting police who beat up and murder inoccent black people. We need to STOP hating on gay people, immigrants and anybody who is different for us. That's the number one problem reason why we can't get away from our ugly past. Every time someone different comes to the US people act an ASS. You miss out on good people when you judge them for skin color.