I would agree with you with 99% of your points, but I will respectfully disagreement that Americans (black americans) even after the end of the war (antebellum period) between the states for a brief moment, Black Americans were on top of that mountain! — 6 years after the war many americans, that were previously slaves became governors, senators, congressmen, state judges, and the list grows. So we must understand the untold History of the enslaved american ( I prefer to use the term because it was americans who enslaved americans, black and white), in particular the climb of the black american was reversed 120 years ago when the democratic party took the presidency and congressional power and struck down all the laws passed that freed ‘black’ enslaved americans. Frederick Douglass expressed it very well in his speeches. Here one of a series of 2 videos that discuss the Untold Story of Black Americans and the Democratic Party.
it is also unfortunate that in the past 100 years, we have grouped all previously enslaved americans, mostly black, under one color, in fact many enslaved americans on the south, after so many generation been born in the united states took the cultural habits of their poor southern white counterparts. You can listen to Thomas Sowell’s audio book here — “ Black Rednecks, White Liberals” , in fact according to Sowell, freed blacks from the Caribbean did not have the southern poor white inhibitions which allowed them to have self determination and find personal success even against all odds.
Its this history that must be taught in schools and in particularly in today’s inner-city communities!
Booker T. Washington said
“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. “
I see 2 mountain tops, with 2 men standing, throwing rocks (the stones of hatred, just like Cain threw at Able, his brother)
Again to quote Booker T. Washington
“The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.”
You see climbing the mountain top you discuss, makes the assumption that the top belongs to the white man! I believe the mountain top is there to climb for all men! Its the effort to climb that builds your worth, not the color and Booker T. Washington elegantly expressed in the previous quote!