The white families sent their children to college with their home equities; they were able to take care of their parents in old age and not depend on their children. They’re able to bequeath wealth to their children. None of those advantages accrued to African-Americans, who for the most part were prohibited from buying homes in those suburbs.
I remember Bill O’Reilly arguing with Jon Stewart about how African Americans just need to make better choices to get ahead in the world. He grew up in Levittown.
I joined a few friends from New York for a daytrip to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. It was a good reminder that the United States has made progress toward fairness and justice, but it requires enormous effort because of those who benefit from institutionalized discrimination and those apathetic toward it.
Teaching or implying that the Confederate states seceded for states’ rights is not accurate history. It is white, Confederate-apologist history.