You are truly ignorant and it's sad for somone who tries to pride theselves on being intelligent. What is it that you think the United States is? Are you one of these people who beleive what they see on Television or read in books without ever having to experience the spoken or written thoughts for themselves? There is an "American culture" that wouldn't exist without contributions from the decendents of the Slaves. There are places in this country where people ( of African decent) do excel in all dynamics of their society without feeling oppressed or being oppressed by "massa". You said. "In embracing your Master's values you see everything in dollars and cents, so it is easy to understand why after the abolition of slavery more than a century ago; he continues to treat you like a "mutt" as your love for him increases." I say he without sin cast the first stone. What I mean by that is Name a place in the world as far as a nation that hasn't assmiliated to "massa's" system or massa himself, and you may start convincing me that you have a point when you discuss Americanised Blacks. Mind you, McDonalds is in almost every nation. For those that don't have that, they most certainly have coke, pepsi, Burger King, KFC, etc... There are at least Ten foreigners at my place of employment from various companies that Love massa's house eventhough Massa himself treats them like dog waste. Maybe you didn't catch it on Television after 911, but massa was angry and has had thousands od "people" killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope you realize that your wrong now and purchase a plane ticket. Save some money so that you can spend some time learning from personal experience.