What people forget is that it's not only whites who CAN be racists. It's a two way street. Just listen to the likes of AL Sharpton, Oprah Winfrey, and Obama to name but a few. They thrive on the division of people; they perpetuate racism.
You see life from a new perspective once you understand that other people are not thinking of you anywhere near as much as you believed they were, and they only care about your usefulness to them. They disguise it with manners, compliments or religious niceties but deep down we're all selfish.