I'm a white male and I thought racism was dead. Then I moved to Chicago for law school, racism is not dead, it's very much alive. I'm sorry to say that racism is both history and a current event. It happens every day. I'm really don't foresee it ending anytime soon.
But that is just general racism. A winning smile, proper etiquette and dress generally overcome this for the individual.
It is not fair, but life is not fair. After all it's not fair that I was born in rich USA and some people were born in Somalia.