I’ve been watching a lecture called post traumatic slave syndrome and it only wakes me up to the horrible fact of how black people have been abused and traumatized over the generations. In Jamaica, they imported twice as many slaves as all 13 colonies because they killed them at such an astounding rate. Black slaves died from being over worked and malnourished. They were experimented on in barbaric ways because they were seen as subhuman.
That oppression still goes on today with mass incarceration, police violence, poisoning of water and other resources like in Flynt, MI.
The idea that all one has to do is pull yourself up by your bootstraps is a lie. There are those who keep having their bootstraps stolen from them, or were born without boots at all.