Overt racism is now a tool of the Left, and that's too bad, because it's being used the most by the hard Left, by the Marxist revolutionaries here.
Racism happens when any power of any sort is allowed to exist for the purpose of advancing an ethnic cause beyond a bright line of ethnic equality. Equality is a simple construct, but when it changes into racial advocacy (one race is superior in any way, or one race is suppressed in any way), then equality morphs into racism.
There is race war in this Nation. Everyone is involved. No one may choose not to participate. That's the choice of the current bringers of race war, the Marxist blacks and their allies. The allies include, but may not be limited to: radical hispanics ("la raza"), the hippie street punks ("occupoopers"), the anarchists, politically-radical techies ("anonymous"), violent environmentalists (ELF, ALF, PETA) and the Congressional Black Caucus. The black Marxists have Enablers also. Chief among them is the Democratic Party, which as currently led, accepts black racism and may even be promoting it.
The simple objective for all these groups and for their conflict is not any sort of racial equality, it is racial SUPERIORITY. Yes, whites and blacks already ARE equal before and under the law, but that is not good enough for the black Marxists. They believe that the white race must be made to pay "reparations", not to force equality, but to bring the blacks superior political power. These reparations take many forms, including gerrymandered Congressional voting districts, indulgences for blacks committing/threatening violence to attain racist goals, and the enforced "white guilt" we see now as official educational guidance policy ("check yourself for White Privilege"). The reparations have no ending date, ever, and that is what makes them racist.
Finally, we now have a resurgent "Black Panther" organization. This group arose in the 1960s, along with Fidel Castro's communist revolution succeeding in Cuba, and Che Guevara's exporting of violent Marxism around the world. The Marxism outlived Guevara, of course. The Black Panthers became resurgent after 30 years of quiescence when their racism was seen and recorded in Philly in the '08 election, but the new Obama regime gave them an indulgence.
When the race war comes to YOU, to your neighborhood, to your children's schools, how will YOU respond? Think about it now, because you will have to react very quickly when when the "social justice warriors" are on your doorstep.