At least in the US in the 2010s, the following are NOT a cure for White racism (click on the links to find out more about a supposed “cure”):
Good intentions – or even “not hating” people of other races. Most White Americans these days do not seem to so much hate people of colour as look down on them. That leads not to an anti-racist, egalitarian view of people but to White paternalism. Like Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (2009) or all those “uplifting” White-teacher-in-the-ghetto films.
Facts – Thomas Jefferson was easily one of the most knowledgeable White Americans of his day, a figure of the Enlightenment. Yet he was still racist. And it was not even that he “did not know better”: Whites in his time, like Ben Franklin, were already pushing to end of the slave trade. Jefferson himself wrote, “All men are created equal” – while owning 175 Black slaves. The trouble was not facts or ideas, but a moral conflict of interest:
White guilt – Anger at racism, not guilt, is what helps. White guilt is what led to racism in the first place. It is what allowed most White Americans to go on thinking of themselves as good Christians while living on Dead Indian Land and Black slave labour, benefiting from inequalities that come down to this day.
Black friend, Asian wife, etc – In practice this does not work. Particularly the Asian wife thing since many (not all) people of colour who marry White suffer from internalized racism, racism against their own race. Chescaleigh on YouTube in “Shit White Girls Say … to Black Girls” gives wonderful examples of the just the sort of little racist things that well-meaning White people with Black friends say.
Going with what most White people think – Most White Americans are still racist and seemingly blind to it, so this is a particularly bad idea. You are much better off doing the opposite by questioning what they believe.
Not seeing colour – This is itself racist. What if I said stuff like, “I do not see you as a New Yorker, I just see a human being” or “I do not care what city you are from, we all bleed red.” It would only show that I have a hang-up about New Yorkers.
Becoming a White ally – Can lead to White paternalism. See above for “Good intentions”.
Adopting a child of colour – Does not always work in practice. Look at Madonna!
Watching “The Wire”, etc – the show’s creators are probably less racist than most White Americans. At least they avoid many of the mistakes Hollywood makes in showing Black characters. But, despite all their good intentions, despite being armed with “facts”, they still stereotype Blacks and view them through a lens of White paternalism. Most White American film, television, news, books, etc – and even some Black American ones (Tyler Perry films, “Precious”) – help to strengthen racism rather than weaken it.
Thanks to commenter Elridge S for inspiring this post.