Many people in America seem to forget that WHITE people were also severely oppressed in the United States, nearly as ill as the Blacks at times.
Immigrants came to New York in the 1800s from many different places and for many different reasons. English, French, and Germans fled poverty and looked for opportunity. But mostly they came from Ireland and for the simplest of reasons: they were starving to death. The potato crop was failing, and English masters were taxing away their money. America seemed their only hope.
After 30 days in the filthy holds of converted freighters, Irish families emerged onto the New York waterfront. Many were half-dead. Almost all were flat broke.
Packed into crowded tenements, they struggled to survive. Men labored on docks and construction sites. Girls and women worked as servants in rich people's homes. Boys hawked newspapers. Some joined street gangs to protect themselves against native gangs and the police.
Slowly -- despite prejudice against them -- they made their way up the ladder. Some became craftsmen. Others joined the police. The most successful became politicians and helped build Tammany Hall, the nation's first political machine. As a machine, Tammany asked for immigrants' votes and paid them back with city jobs and services.
But psht, the only thing that people nowadays want you to see and hear is "WE HAS TO RESPEKT DA BLAKZ". No thank you, 80% of the people that live in my neighborhood are black, and nearly 100% of them are rude, disgusting, thieves, liars, thugs, and abusive jack offs that are constantly looking for another way to complain about how they are being oppressed.
Just think, for one moment, I KNOW IT'S HARD TO COMPREHEND, but there are other people who were treated like shit, you aren't, and will NEVER, get my sympathy simply because of the color of your skin, especially if you haven't gone through it.