What do you even mean by overtaking??!! You didn’t have ships when they sailed in on their ships into the African coast. You didn’t have anything comparable to defend against or valuable to trade with when they brought their guns and trinkets to your shores and sold it to your African lords in exchange for slaves. African is what African Americans would be if not for slavery. So where is this a example of massive development and wealth that the white man was supposed to have stifled and stole from you.

Get your priorities right sir. The problems of the African whether in Africa or America go deeper than something a white man stole. We are spoiled and lazy. We have never been forced out of life and death necessity to create value for ourselves — think electricity for warmth, trains, cars and ships for transportation, industrial level farming for sustainable food supply. The very things that define an industrialised and wealth creating society.

Slavery became the gift that kept on giving. The hill we would die on. And to this day we keep asserting that simply because we survived slavery and segregation that we deserved some hidden wealth without having to produce it. As if we are the only group who have had to go through massive suffering. We have a saying in Africa that we are a lucky continent in that we would literally all be wiped off if we had the earthquakes and hurricanes that frequently hit the northern hemisphere. We have never had to prepare or organise recovery from such massive disasters.

How could we when we haven't even figured out how to not kill and defraud ourselves at the sight of even the smallest tribal conflict. Look around you at the poverty, crime and gang violence in America. You aren’t doing any better. Its almost like a mini Africa in America. That’s not something that white people did to you its what you have been doing to yourselves for far more than 2 centuries. Slavery has just become the convenient excuse to not look deeper at our own perpetual failings as a continent.

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