The correct word to describe blacks, is just that > "blacks" (not African-Americans). The term "African-American studies" is shaky ground regarding legitimacy. Doesn't hold up.You're right---it would be impossible to go back thru history and right every perceived wrong. But, the 250 year enslavement and 100 year Jim Crow segregation of African-Americans can be righted. That's what Affirmative Action is for. It's also what slavery reparations are for.
As far as merit dictating everyone's progress, well, we both know that's hogwash. "We Whites" is how you started your post upthread. Indeed. Thank you for providing the answer.
I have known 4 guys who were born & raised in Africa, and immigrated to the US. All speak English and an African language. All are knowledgable in African culture of their former countries -Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, and Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe). All 4 are true "African-Americans". All 4 are white.