Was I racist?

There are two new girls at school and one of them is called Hannah. My friend asked which new girl was called Hannah and I said the black one. The people around me shot me dirty looks and my friend gasped and said I’m “racist.” Was I?

No, but maybe you were considered insensitive. Are you white? As stupid as it sounds, that's a big reason for people to believe you're racist because of a statement like that. Ridiculous, yes, but that is the case most of the time. If you're not, then maybe those people are just a bunch of idiots. Ask your friend why she said you're "racist." If she's your real friend, she'll understand and hopefully apologize. But as for those strangers, they're just... well, stupid.