It has been more than 150 years since the last person in America could claim to be born into slavery prior to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamationin 1863. On December 5th, 1865, the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was ratified.
Since then, the following racial class protections have been enacted:
Civil Rights Act of 1866 - declared that people born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power are entitled to be citizens, without regard to race, color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude (eventually became the 14th Amendment).
Civil Rights Act of 1871 - empowered the President to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to combat the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy organizations during the Reconstruction Era.
Civil Rights Act of 1875 - guaranteed equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited exclusion from jury service.
Civil Rights Act of 1957 - set up a 6-member commission in the Executive Branch to gather information on deprivation of citizens' voting rights based on color, race, religion or national origin, the legal background, and laws and policies of the federal government.
Civil Rights Act of 1960 - established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone's attempt to register to vote.
Voting Rights Act of 1964 - prohibits racial discrimination in voting.
Civil Rights Act of 1968 - provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin and made it a federal crime to "by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone ... by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.
Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 - specified that recipients of federal funds must comply with civil rights laws in all areas, not just in the particular program or activity that received federal funding.
Civil Rights Act of 1990 - prohibits job discrimination against minorities and women.
Civil Rights Act of 1991 - provided the right to trial by jury on discrimination claims and introduced the possibility of emotional distress damages, while limiting the amount that a jury could award.
Since then many black men and women have risen to distinction. Here are a few:
US Ambassador (Bassett, 1869)
Harvard Graduate (Greener, 1870)
State Supreme Court Justice (Wright, 1870)
US Representative (Rainey, 1870)
US Senator ( Revels, 1870 [appointed])
US Vice Presidential Candidate (Douglas, 1872)
State Governor (Pinchback, 1872 [appointed])
Naval Academy Midshipman (Conyers, 1872)
Doctorate Degree (Bouchet, 1876)
West Point Graduate (Flipper, 1877)
Invited to dine at the White House (Washington, 1901)
US Presidential Candidate (Taylor, 1904)
Olympian (Poage, 1904)
Millionaire (Abbott, 1905)
Olympic Gold Medal (Taylor, 1908)
Admitted to the ABA (Lewis, 1911)
FBI Special Agent (Jones, 1919)
Military General Officer (Davis , 1940)
US Federal Judge (Hastie, 1946)
Naval Academy Graduate (Brown, 1949)
Nobel Prize (Bunche, 1950)
US Delegate to the UN (Sampson, 1950)
US Secret Service Agent (Gittons, 1956)
US Presidential Candidate (King, 1960)
State Attorney General (Brooke, 1962)
Air Force Academy Graduate (Bush, 1963)
US Senator (Brooke, 1966 [elected])
US Cabinet Member (Weaver, 1966)
US Supreme Court Justice (Marshall, 1967)
Astronaut (Lawrence, 1967)
US Representative to the UN (Young, 1977)
Miss America (Williams, 1984)
State Governor (Wilder, 1989 [elected])
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Powell, 1989)
Miss USA (Gist, 1990)
US Surgeon General (Elders, 1993)
US Secretary of Commerce (Brown, 1993)
Miss Universe (Smith, 1995)
US Secretary of Labor (Herman, 1998)
US Secretary of State (Powell, 2001)
Billionaire (Johnson, 2001)
US President (Obama, 2009)
US Attorney Generel (Holder, 2009)
Unfortunately for the groups under the Democratic Party protectorate, over the last 50 years the Demos' cadres of race-baiting political hustlers and poverty pimps have done an effective job of corralling black voters, who are today their most loyal constituency. They have done so by convincing generations of black Americans that they are "victims of racial inequality" who must be dependent upon the state, and, beginning with "Great Society" social programs, have in effect enslaved generations of black men, women and children on modern day urban poverty plantations.
“There is [a] class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy, and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” – Booker T. Washington in "My Larger Education"