Clay, I’m so sorry! As a marketing director who tries to be fair minded, I have always gone out of my way to find qualified employees from a diverse background; it’s not just better for the individual being hired, but also the entire organization. The sad thing is, even though I have hired several, I am lucky if one in a hundred applicants has been a person of color — so I would have been thrilled to hire you! And at a place like you describe, diversity should be a top priority.
What’s really sad is that so many “mostly decent” whites have buried their racism deep into their subconsciousness (along with misogyny, etc.) that they are incapable of recognizing it. And it’s pretty hard to do better with that mindset.