Recently I watched a documentary about “How White Folks Got So Rich in America”.
Between free labor, (through slavery) providing the ENTIRE world with 89% of its cotton picked for FREE and sold for profit and the homestead act; which gave 943 million acres of nearly FREE land ($6.00 an acre) to people, as long as they built a home on it also helped to build generational wealth. 41% of american families still benefit from the homestead act in this country to this day by passing land down through generations of family members. Black folks back then got none of that due to slavery. A sardonic Ralph Wiley wrote:
“Give me the free labor of one Black person for one year, I would be a rich man. Give me the free labor of a dozen Black people for one year, I would be a very rich man. Give me the free labor of millions of Black people for 250 years, I would be America.”