“Racism exists, but it is far less rampant than ignorance, and ignorance can be cured through experience,” Candace wrote in a July 2016 article in the Samford Advocate. She refers to her own experiences dating a “real white guy” and befriending a Muslim woman she was scared of at first as examples of experiences she had that wouldn’t have been possible if she had been “labeled a racist.” It’s a weak argument, if only for the fact that ignorance is a part of racism. The devastating trend of black men being gunned down in Walmart parking lots and arrested two minutes after walking into a Starbucks is a direct result of systematic racism that pervades today’s society. Since slavery, white people have benefitted from a social, political, and economic system that places them at the top. Even if segregation laws aren’t in place today, the structures that allowed those systems to exist in the first place are still apparent.