Is there a difference between people who are racial and those who are racist? Yes.
Racial means pretaining to race. Racist means supporting one race.
When minority law students gather together to dialog about racism, they are talking about the differences between two or more races. Michelle Robenson wrote in 1988 about her idea to hire black Harvard Law Professors instead of white law professors, which has the real world effect of hiring a law professor based on race – which is what she was arguing against in her article in the Black Students Law Association, She based her hiring program in a disagreement about the Socratic method. We doubt her sincerity. Robertson went on to marry Barack Obama.
It’s impossible to un-ring a bell. Michelle had those contradictions. Perhaps today, 24 years later she has a different view about racial differences but IMO, probably not.