The underlining driving force of the American riots is the lie that slavery was not central to the American experience. Yet, America’s prowess is related to slavery although many Americans like to pretend that slavery is not central to America, or nothing more than a foot note in history.

But America would not be the America it is today if it were not for slavery.

Slaves made America. Understand that and the reader understands why America is what it is today, both the good and the bad.

Without slavery America would not have economically survived and grown to challenge the global powers of the day. The slaves gave America the economic prowess that made it the economic powerhouse it is today.

Without slavery it is doubtful America would have survived to grow into a nation from sea to shining sea.

Many American have been led to believe that the Civil War solved the slavery issue once and for all. But the Civil War led to further perpetuating the lie instead of forcing Americans to reconcile with the truth.

The Civil War did not end the institution of slavery. It just transformed slavery from institutionalized slavery to perpetual inequality. Just look at the controversies over the Confederate flags and statues.

No such controversies exist over Nazi paraphernalia today.

Why? Because it is generally understood that the Nazis were evil. Not so with the Confederacy.

The slaves were free from legal bondage but remained enslaved because of economic inequality. Limited educational opportunities and economic realities kept the Black population separate from the American reality of equality. Some of the division remains institutionalized today and much of it has become ingrained in the reality that there are two sets of American citizens – those of one skin color and the rest.

This is the underlining lie that is driving the unrest and fear across America today.

To fully understand the American lie, one need not look further than the American immigration system.

We will explore that further in the next post.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...