Potemkin wrote:All you have to do is look at American history, and all becomes clear: a nation founded on slavery and genocide, built on land stolen from its native inhabitants by immigrants from another continent. The racism is baked in by now.The violence is baked in, the identity crisis is baked in, but the racism was not.
There's been a lot of whining about Jim Crow, but can anyone point to a single polity in 1865 that sustained a universal male suffrage multi-morphological-racial democracy in 1865? Most places couldn't sustain mono racial, mono cultural universal male suffrage in 1865 let alone a multi racial one. Also the idea that Southern Whites should just abandon their privileges in 1865 is simply demented. Try telling Queen Victoria or the British aristocracy that they should share a meal table with lumpen proletariat and see how far you get. No social group in 1865 just abandoned their privileges, short of it being pulled from their cold bare hands.
The Yankees were total hypocrites, there's no way they would have accepted such huge percentages of Black African voters in their own states. No by the time Lincoln came to the throne (sorry I mean Presidency) it was too late.
However Jim Crow and the system of terror that maintained it are gone. This is not a terrorist act. This will not stop Black African Americans going to university, using a lunch counter, voting or taking up positions of power, prestige and status within American society. To put it into Marxist language the Bourgeoisie has successfully completed its revolutionary democratic tasks. What can not be fixed is the highly visible cultural legacy and the American national identity crisis.