Why is racism so persistent?

Insightful observation from Martin Luther King Jr provides some explanation of a reason that where domination exists the community needs to care to make a difference.

“the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action.’ “

Martin Luther King Jr. (1963) Letter from a Birmingham Jail