I travel through the south at least once a month and am actually pleased in the direction in what I see. People really want to help each other. I have seen that, for the most part, racism goes hand in hand with education. I live in a court of eight families. White, Black, Asian and mixed. The minority and mixed families are a lawyer, dentist and ex ball player and all could buy and sell me. If I said whites needed to listen more they would pat me on the head and send me along.
Education is the key, and it's before college. My son goes to a very good high school and he says it's full of kids that just don't care. I have a wife and friends in education and they tell many horror stories.
My point to all this is we need to treat teachers like rock stars at least like celebrity chefs for Christ sake. We only break this pattern if we help the young. I'm fairly conservative and I can see something needs to be done.