posted by geeblock
This take totally ignores the advantage that Quaker received from generational wealth that allowed him to have this amazing opinion. that blacks did not have access to
I can't get down this this logic in 2018, sorry. It's hard to imagine now, but when immigrants came thru Ellis Island they were treated like shit and were not liked. They came here with nothing guaranteed, but an opportunity. Most of them were not very rich either and most were discriminated against. A lot of businesses tried to take advantage of them by offering them wages half the amount of US citizens. I will use the Irish and Italians as example since they were the largest sample size of these immigrants and you brought up the festivals lol. Most came here poor and most of them did not go from rags to riches off the boat. What they did was work hard and set up an foundation for the next generation of their family, the next after, etc. We don't hear much these days about the mass poverty rate and crime coming from Italian/Irish Americans. Granted, there weren't laws purposely set in place (that I know of) to discriminate these people, but it would be laughable now if an Italian/Irish American used their great, great grand family as an excuse for their hardships.
What about asians? The Chinese at one point were straight up banned from coming to the states and had to move to Cuba to gain Cuban citizenship, which they eventually used to enter the US from Cuba. The Japanese were placed in internment camps. Asians now have the highest median income in this country.
Jews? There was that whole holocaust thing and FDR turned down jewish refugees. Not many jokes thrown around about jews being unsuccessful or poor these days.
I wouldn't say "get over it." It is important to understand history, so it never repeats itself. I feel this way with many topics, especially guns. It's also important to understand where you came from however, in 2018 I just can't get behind using something that happened 50+ years ago to my grandparents generation as an excuse or an attack on other people that had nothing to do with that era. Especially in the case of AAs when they have affirmative action and an entire party promising them entitlements. I don't think that was ever MLK's vision.