A few days ago I was involved in a conversation with a fellow member of Destee. The member pointed out what appears to the relatively successful progress of Hispanic Americans compared to African Americans. Initially, I felt that any comparison was inherently insensitive, downright racist and overtly white supremacist; however, I felt compelled to ponder the reasons why this is the case. I wanted to give just treatment either way. I grew up in a typical Black family, I guess. I have family members that fit every bill of human existence - below poverty to above poverty, less than high school educated to doctorate level education, virtually homeless to home owner, drug user to doctor and everything else. But for the sake of this thread, I wanted to present the Black experience in North America to illustrate some things commonly known but not commonly understood. I will do this in historical epochs: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, North American enslavement, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Integration, Modern Day. Afterwards, I will attempt to provide an analysis. These will be broken down into 7 separate posts. Also, in true Blackbird fashion, I will provide a personal narrative along the way to add depth to the historical facts. I hope you will join me in this exploration.