Even if you aren't racist there are still many people out there even today who are racist so I would say yes, America is racist and always have been. I am not a racist but many of the people I love around are. Even though in 1982, it wasn't as bad but it was still there.
Who is this America you speak of? There is no such person. There are millions of people who live in a place called 'America', however. You cannot group them all together and declare them all to be 'racist' or 'non racist' in 1982 or any other year, for that matter. Each person is an individual and each had their own degree of racism or non racism against other people who are white, black, brown, yellow, or red.