Blacks, Browns and Yellows all started as slaves and then as second rate citizen of the U.S.A then why is it that the former community seems to lag behind professionally (economically, academically etc.) compared to the later two?

I wrote an answer to a similar questions here: Brijesh Kumar's answer to What do conservatives think the reason for blacks being, on average, at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder is? Is it 100% black peoples' own fault?
I will repeat it here:

Most  of the answers here are comparing Asians to Blacks to show that it is  their fault. You cannot compare the situation of Asians to blacks  because of the following reasons:

  1. The length of oppression of  Asians is much smaller than blacks. It is very hard to come out of  cycle of poverty once you are in it. Ever tried giving up a bad habit?
  2. Most of the Asians have immigrated into US voluntarily whereas most of the black population has immigrated to US unwillingly.
  3. The  current migration from Asia consists of people who are well to do and  come for higher education, whereas the current influx of black  population usually come as refugees from war-torn countries in Africa.  So, this skews the scales even further towards the Asians.
  4. Education  of parents. Asians usually have advantage here again because their  parents were educated when most of them came to US. Same cannot be said  about the blacks.

We cannot absolve ourselves of the  responsibility by comparing blacks to Asians or giving example of one  Oprah. Here is an interesting answer by someone to a question I asked:
Why is Oprah so revered? I think she is as selfish as most other people.

Edit based on a comment that Asian Americans have also been here for generations (I did not know about this fact until Eric Lauritzen pointed it out in the comment):

Even  if Asian Americans have been here for generations, the population of  such Asians is quite small, compared to the first or second generation  ones. That makes the biggest difference between Asians and Blacks. The  percentage of Asians today is ~5% whereas it was ~0.5% in the 1960s.  Certainly it is not be reproduction but rather through immigration that  there population has increased 10 fold in 50 years. Whereas the  percentage of blacks has hovered around ~12% in the last 100 years. So,  comparing the condition of Asians who have immigrated to blacks who have  lived here for 100s of years is not fair. Source: Historical racial and ethnic demographics of the United States

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