My dad's side of the family came to America from England in the 1600s, and my mom's side of the family came from Southern France in 1906 and 1907. Any Black person who traces his or her ancestors back to slaves who were forced to come to America and to Native Americans has been in America much, much longer than half my family. If anything, then, you're MORE American than I am.
And people tend to forget - if they ever knew - that the Black people who were slaves weren't a bunch of less than smart people with no skills. Those plantations were each a world within itself and bought very little from the outside. They made all their own furniture, their own wagons, saddles, clothes and shoes. They spun their own cloth and made their own soap. Who do you think did all that - the white master? No way. It was the slaves who did all that. There were alot of very skilled people on those plantations who weren't white.
And how to you think those big plantation homes down there in the swampy lands of the south got built. Who do you think cleared the land and drained the swamps? Who built the homes? Who cleared the land and planted crops, cotton and tobacco?
Don't let anyone fool you; it was Black people who built the south. Black people belong. They contributed the good things in America.
The fact that Native Americans and Black people survived harsh treatment is a lesson in strenght and fortitude for all of us.