If it were not for slaves in America. There would never have been any reconstruction amendments to the US CONSTITUTION. Without the 13th amendment there would be no due process, without the 14th amendment there would be no equal protection under the law. Gay people could not be demanding to be legally married. Without the 15th amendment Mexicans born here in the USA could not be US citizens. Black people have done more for this country than any other group. We have done more than made cotton king. Right now it would be nice if we got some respect for our accomplishments and the rest of Americans would stand with us as we pursue justice for all.