The biggest lie associated with the whole issue of race is that white people (as a group) have benefited from the condition of black Americans throughout history. Starting with slavery, through the three quarters of a million lives lost in the Civil War, down to the present day, the introduction of African slaves has been a curse on this country. Except for a handful of planters, no one has benefited from this history. The rest of us, black and white, have paid dearly for it. It has cost lives, money and most of all, social cohesion. Those who exploit the division for political reasons are scoundrels of a very low order.