Everyone in the US either came from somewhere else or is a descendant of someone that emigrated to the US. Some came as political refugees, some as slaves, some were migrants, some as people looking for work and a better life. I grew up in a home which was definitely “white working class” as my father was an hourly union worker. We never thought of ourselves as “white”, but Irish. My parents never wanted their success to be “at the expense of “the other””. While my parents did achieve success in leaving the farms of western Ireland and emigrating to America, working hard and buying a house, it is my generation (my sisters and I) that has achieved the wealth most people would recognize as success. That success has been due to a strong family and education.
When my father went for a job with the Post Office in the 1960’s (he was with the railroad until then and it was not doing well), he found out that one of his railroad friends had gotten into the P.O. before he did even though my father had a higher test score on the civil servants exam. He told me about it years later and I explained affirmative action to him as the other guy was black. My father understood what happened but wondered why it affected him given that he was a recent emigrant to the US and his family had nothing to do with slavery in the US.
I really don’t know how blacks will be able to improve their status of living, but my advice would be to;
- understand and recognize the past but don’t dwell on it. Focus on the now and the future
- get the best possible education you can for your kids. Demand charter schools and school vouchers
- stop voting as a block for the Democratic party. They take your demographic for granted and their control of the public school system through the teachers unions is one of the root causes of your current situation. Blacks have been voting for Democrats for 50 years; how has that worked out for you?