There are plenty of black people in other countries who are far wealthier than in the United States.
Given is a pretty loaded word. I would say they had zero opportunity when brought as slaves, and I don’t think the entire Civil Rights movement was related to something “given” to black people.
I thought you had a good argument going before this stuff, fwiw. But you completely lost me.
I'm saying they came here as slaves but the USA ended slavery and were eventually able to rise up to participate in the highest levels of government. Let's also not forget that they were slaves in their own country at the time and that there were black slave owners in America.
You're probably looking at this through the lens of "well of course we shouldn't have slavery" and "of course black freed slaves should be allowed to participate in government", etc. But if you look around the world and you look at history, notions like this were not obvious at all to many societies, there are places that still have slaves. Do you think Saudi Arabia has ever had a black president?
So when you look at race relations in the USA, a large part of how you see it will be determined by what you use as your bases for comparison. If your bases for comparison is an imaginary utopia where slavery never existed, blacks were never regarded as inferior, and everyone got along, you will see America's history differently from someone who compares it to what was actually going on in other countries around the world during the time America had slaves and the decades following.
So I am sorry if you don't like my wording, I wrote that post in a hurry but I really don't think it detracts from my overall point. I'm not tryng to say blacks didn't have to fight for rights and freedoms in the USA, but clearly their fight would not have been successful if the country as a whole was against their cause. Let's say America was truly irredeemably racist and 90% of white people hated black people. Why would they allow them to become members of congress, to become president, to become millionaires and celebrities? Why would they create and approve programs designed to help black people like affirmative program which can add as much as 100 points to black person's SAT score allowing them to get into schools over Asians and whites who performed better?