Somewhat related but I watched this documentary last night on PBS, which likely trigger even more inaccurate, perception driven comments about laziness, god's will, etc. but just a horse to water, you can lead an idiot to knowledge and not make him learn anything. We've never had a true meritocracy and those we perceive as lazy, unmotivated, etc. have simply not had white privilege at their disposal or faced the kind of impediments to success many others have. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=307986353432090 It detailed the history, challenges, roadblocks, mass discrimination, violence, etc. that blacks have faced since being drug here in chains. After slavery and gaining their freedom, blacks throughout America attempted to gain financial independence and exhibited great success at being entrepreneurs and business owners. With that success, pushback from whites in the form of outright violence, disruption and other unamerican activities created huge problems for black entrepreneurs. There were riots and other actions taken to where entire black communities were burned down just to kneecap their progress and eliminate competition. Reconstruction had its own built in, legal (at the time) laws to inhibit and control freed blacks as well as other laborers. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_race_riot_of_1919 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Summer https://www.howardzinn.org/labor-da...yd1byZrhp0HTvXsV0sRlnLVmERiVyezJ_IwpgaysmXNeE Anyone who thinks that we've always operated under a strict meritocracy where all it takes is hard work, effort and motivation is unaware of the legacy of our history. That history applies to all races, creeds, etc. I'm sure every once in a while a coal miner in West Virginia has managed to rise up and buy a few mining claims, but for 99% of them, it's a tough life with little upward mobility.