Race has nothing to do with it. Western Europe and its extention, the US and Canada have been governed under gradual "civilization" for about 400 years. Pre-1600 Europe was not very civilized. It was very tribal, brutal and agrarian. Much like pre 1900 Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Mexico south.
Cultural patterning takes generations to change. What we consider modern civilization is in contrast to many of these patterns and particularly to the Muslim religion that is dominant in all these area except South America and sub-Suharan Africa.
If I would have gone to Oxford all I would be is an Okie with an Oxford Degree. Same thing.
JBrooks, I'm glad you clarified that. So, you're not a racist, you're just saying that an "African" American is less civilized than a "European" American. Sounds reminiscent of some of the justification given for slavery.
To some of the other comments: The fact that other cultures have racists, doesn't justify racism.
I hate political correctness too, but does that justify extreme incorrectness?
Augie,,funny you should bring up Lincoln,, little known fact that he was very close to sending all slaves back to Africa,, I happen to have a book containing all the letters he wrote congress during his term in office,,,yet the brothers think he was their hero,,