So-called "institutional discrimination" was practiced against Irish, Italians, Eastern Europeans, Native Americans, Asians and a host of other groups. Most all have adapted, overcome, risen above and excelled. Taking their place in American society and in many cases shaped and reshaped aspects of America that have added to the value of American life.
Since so many other groups have gone forth and persevered, perhaps it is an issue not of once being "slaves", but a component of being of African origin. It is time for those of African descent to look within their own structural makeup and determine how they have failed and not what claimed external forces have done to them.