I don't know whether people hated Team USA because of racism or not, but this checklist is great.
"We deal with our racism in three ways: 1.) Some of us revel in it and look for ways to celebrate and exploit it; 2.) Some of us deny its existence; and 3.) Some of us acknowledge it and try to combat it on a daily basis."
Type 1 is all the folks throwing loud hissy fits because they can't say the n word without getting the oh so dreaded hairy eye. Type 2 is when people say "well, I don't see why blacks always ask for handouts". Type 3 is very rare, and involves a lot of work and study, and it's much more morally satisfying to act like a cooze.
Why the focus on whites? Well, other ethnicities hating us is not cool, but let's say all the Asians in the country decided blacks were all lazy and stupid. How many Asians are in Congress making the laws? 5 in the House, and 2 in the Senate. They certainly couldn't push through anti black laws all by themselves. But the whites could. How many Asians are doing the hiring and the firing at companies? Asians are only 5 percent of the population, and most of them aren't in control at companies. So even if the Asians all hated us, and wished we were dead, we wouldn't have to live in much fear of their attitude. Also, Asians haven't made much penetration in the media- there are Asians in the media, but seriously, they get less access than blacks, and we barely get anything.
Whites can afford a whole industry-radio(Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage), books(The Bell Curve, every other Blacks Are Stupid, Whites Off the Hook book ever), TV(The O'Rielly Show), movies(nuff said) to bad mouth up on black folk. Asians? They got Michelle Malkin, and I bet she's financed by some white dude. Asians aren't crowding the text book committees where they can choose books highlighting Asian history and ignoring everyone elses'.
Basically, Asians all hating us would be tragic, but their relative lack of power and population means that it'd be more of an annoyance than something one must take into account in their everyday lives. That's why you see people defining racism as prejudice + power to differentiate something like Tyrell calling Bob a cracker from Bob's Dad refusing to hire blacks because they aren't 'qualified' despite their qualifications being better than whites or law makers slashing important programs for everyone because of a misplaced belief that it punishes minorities.
One hurts someone's feelings slightly, another fucks up their whole life. This last sentence is why you'll often see me ranting- I just can't get used to the idea that people sincerely think their hurt feelings are more important than our lives, and would cling to any excuse about it. It's going to take me a lot of time to really get used to the idea.
Even white folks(well, I guess I do tend to talk mostly to nice white people, so that may cause a bias) don't get this stuff, so it's even harder for me.