Every race that has existed has been enslaved at some point in history. The longest period of slavery I can find is of the Israelites by the Egyptians. (Who are Africans.)
Many Irish and Scots sold themselves as indentured servants to get to America. That indenture never ended as their were charged for housing, clothing and food with no possible way to pay it back.
Scots went to coal mines where they too were stuck as the had enormous debt after 7 years. Then paid with “script” that was worthless outside the mining town.
Both groups found better for their children.
Irish were considered scum even by the black population.
This took place late 1800s to late 1930s.
Then everything changed. Why? Because of the war. We were Americans. We had been attacked. We fought together for a common cause.
Hispanics, Blacks, Jews, American Indians and Whites came together. The melting pot began to bubble and make us all realize we are Americans.
Their is no country called “White”. Whites are from all over Europe. They poke fun at each other regarding their country of origin. Yet when they included Blacks people held their collective breath until he dished back out!
These men had become a “Band of Brothers”.
Back home the women pulled together too. Not as quickly, but when the first man died, all racial barriers were gone.
Finally the melting pot was a success.
But good things, never last because people are weak. (Everybody)
By the mid 1950s the Black race had a thriving middle class. They owned their own businesses and home. Jim Crow laws weren’t everywhere neither was the clan. By the early 1960s it was all gone. The Black middle class.
1963, JFKl, MLK, Bobby Kennedy. All for civil rights. Thousands of Whites and Jews helped MLK because remember their parents of the late 1930s, early 1940s? They taught their children blacks were equal. Nothing different but skin tone and culture. But EVERYONE’S culture is different.
Yes all those young adults helped MLK. They agreed with him. They were beat, arrested and some killed.
But our Nation survived.
I was born in 1963. I remember MLK being shot and Bobby being shot. My Dad, and Mother cried. For them both. That’s why I remember. I started k in 1968 and from then to HS I/we were taught about everyone. Everybody. Blacks, American Indians, etc. weren’t removed. I/we were taught it all.
So this broken history we keep hearing about I simply don’t know what they’re referring too.
I was taught that way in college also.
There comes a point if you don’t feel you’re getting the whole picture then educate yourself. Don’t sit and complain you have some broken history.
If they’re implying they can’t trace their ancestry neither can 84% of most Americans.
Blacks have contributed a great deal to America. The first doctor to use Ether to put someone out for surgery was a black man. Another Black man had a pivotal role in the first blood transfusion. Another on heart bypass surgery at John Hopkins.
During the years America was using slaves so was France and England. Granted they stopped buying before our country but they still had them. America has done more to atone for slavery than any other country. (Civil Rights, Affirmative Action, Anti-discrimination laws.) So why are only the American Blacks still making demands for an actions that took place pushing 200 years ago?(And don’t jump on me about not knowing anything. I have a Black sister-in-law and 2 biracial nieces, 1 biracial nephew, 1 Black nephew by marriage and 1 biracial great nephew.)