It's not like he served 43 years in jail for a murder he did not commit because his skin is dark. If America were truley racist then he wouldn't be let out of prison. It doesn't happen only to people of colour. Remeber Lewis Fogle who served 34 years and was supposed to be sentenced to life in prison or Steven Avery who served nearly 20 years for a rape he didn't commit or how Damien Echols was sentenced to 20 years in prison and death for a murder he didn't commit, and how Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. Were sentenced to life. They served 17 years before they were released.
Racism has changed in America. The man was convicted in 1970, a racist, oppresive society. Also, he was in Louisiana, one of the most racist states in America behind Kentucky, Georigia and... Ugh... Alabama.
Yes, racism in America has really changed. The biggest piece of evidence is that the American public voted twice for a black president. However, this does not mean that racism has disappeared. Racism remains a malicious force in America that is responsible for a much lower standard of living for nonwhites in this country.
Americans are afraid to discuss race openly and honestly in the 21st century. If a person is white, it is assumed they are motivated (even unintentionally) by racist beliefs. If they are minority, it is assumed they are oppressed. We as a society have become so concerned about "micro-aggression" and offending people that we, as a society do not approach the issue of race with a teachable mindset. We assume that a black/minority man who was in prison for 43 years was there because of racial discrimination and not because of a failure of the criminal justice system or inadequate forensic science.
Racism in America has not really changed. This is evidenced with the news of the man that served almost 44 years in prison for the murder that he did not commit. I believe that no apology will give him his wasted life in prison. We ought to be critical with certain cases and be fair.
Racism hasn't changed in America it has just become more evident and rampant due to social media. It has always existed and now with social media we are able to see it more clearly and more frequently. Ten even five years ago evidence of racism was still obscure, but now it is out for everyone to see.