People ask me if I think things have changed since the racist past. My answer is yes and no: it depends on your opportunities.
I saw a map in the New York Times a couple of months ago, showing longevity rates by county across the U.S.
Green indicates a long life and pink and red indicate shorter and shortest. If we don’t think slavery was a curse, both to the perpetrators as well as the victims, look at the map. The entire south is pink, and those counties along both sides of the Mississippi, where slave-holding was the heaviest, are red, red, red.
If you are born black in the Delta today, you are likely to live poor, die young, and heaven still has to be your reward.