Hightor, have you bought into the myth that there is an absolute truth
I could bring up facts comparing voting rights from 50 years ago with voting rights today, and showing how juries are more integrated now than they ever were... I suspect that wouldn't change your mind.
It is an interesting question, I suppose.. If someone with no preconcieved ideas "started with question, investigated historical facts, and detected a pattern of behavior"... what would they end up with?
Nothing personal, Hightor, but I doubt that this hypothetical person would agree with you (or with me for that matter). It is something that has never happened.
But here we all are, viewing history through the lens of our own biases, experience, and ideology. And we are going to have to deal with that.
The ability to view history through more than one point of view
and to see things from different perspectives is both important and rare. People who hold to the idea that they hold the one true understanding of history
are missing the point.