This is a good piece on the subject.
Yet there we were—young black men born decades after anything that could
rightly be called ‘oppression’ had ended—benefitting from a social license bequeathed to us by a history that we have only experienced through textbooks and folklore. And my white Hispanic friend (who could
have had a tougher life than all of us, for all I know) paid the price.
The underlying logic of using the past to justify racial
double-standards in the present is rarely interrogated. What do slavery
and Jim Crow have to do with modern-day blacks, who experienced neither?
Do all black people have P.T.S.D
from racism, as the Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist Donald Glover
recently claimed? Is ancestral suffering actually transmitted to
descendants? If so, how? What exactly are historical ‘ties’ made of?