Why do people act shocked that we aren't living in a magical post-racial utopia? It's bare psychological fact that people associate race with character traits, and media and limited personal experiences often reinforce these (the "black friend" comment is so mocked because often we psychologically tend to believe that such a person is the exception to the rule, and we carry around with us the "knowledge" that because one person can be an exception to a broader rule that governs our understanding of race, we can't actually be racist). I'm sure I could be classified as a racist ten different ways to Sunday by overly-sensitive individuals, and while I believe on a fundamental level that all races are more or less equal, there's no way in hell I'd submit myself to a publicly-performed psychological test of unconscious racial preference. Personally, I think we should get away from treating such natural prejudice as so bad that we don't talk about it, to the point that when one in three people privately admit to it, we impinge the entire nation "*Gasp*, one in three Americans are RACIST!"
Such hexing (the voodooesque psychological tic of saying all of one thing is bad [example - children and cooties, refusing to eat something because a fly touched part of it]), and such equating a prejudice, however slight, to full-blown racism is to lump in a whole host of issues under a single name. It's silly and stupid and it's time we as a species fucking dealt with it instead of sweeping it under the rug because we're all too ashamed to own up to the fact that if we walked into a room with two groups of people self-selectedly segregated by race (or class, or gender, or age, or subculture), we'd head over to the group that most looked like us.
Hell, I'm going to go so far (perhaps an overstretch, but not by much) as to say that anyone professing outrage at this is either not being true to others or, more likely, to themselves (logic: racial prejudice = racism; racism = something bad people think; I'm not a bad person, I can't be racist). We've progressed into an era where, for our generation, class and culture (though in far too many places in the country, class and culture fall so closely along racial lines that it becomes difficult to disentangle one from the other) play a more important part than race, but it's there, and it's important to acknowledge it and face it head on, because we're not going to move past it if we all keep up the public pretension that good people can't harbor some semblance - however slight - of racial prejudice.
“It is a strange paradox that today’s central banks are generally staffed by economists, who by and large profess a belief in a theory which says that their jobs are, at the best, unnecessary, and more likely wealth-destroying. Needless to say, this is not a point widely discussed among respectable economists. Nevertheless, it is an issue worth pondering.”
George Cooper, The Origin of Economic Crises