Britney Spears shows us how short of a distance we have traveled and who we were as an American society, not all that long ago. She showcases the damage that our people are facing today, and this damage is a result of our past collective beliefs. We are the adults of America, today. We, who lived under (or yielding) the heavy hand of phycological oppression for most of our lives.
You cannot rationalize discrimination because of the skin color of those who are being discriminated against. You cannot say that white people do not deserve to be treated equally, on a personal level, just because we are treated unequally on a societal level. No, you cannot say that and also say you stand for equality.
When the poor united, regardless of race or level of servitude, the upper class was outnumbered. They had to find a way to stop such an alliance and the damage it caused from happening again. The only way to do that was to divide the people by race.