Sometimes, we think that racism will only be defeated by dismantling and creating new structures/systems OR by people taking personal responsibility for their choices and actions. As if it's an either/or option. Of course this is not a binary choice but a BOTH/AND. Systems and structures of injustice need to be emphasized because racism operates in a way that keeps white people from seeing the structural nature of racism and instead to only see in terms of rugged individualism and personal responsibility.
MLK Jr.'s 2 minute interview on NBC in 1967 addresses this "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality.