It’s so embarrassing to watch people try and guilt others into apologizing for their ancestors’ actions. I see people in real life and often on websites such as this saying things like, “You should be ashamed of yourself. Your people owned my people; they enslaved them,” as though it’s actually a fair a legitimate cop-out to win to argument or dispute. If you honestly think it’s okay to you your ancestor’s suffering as your own pretend suffering YOU should feel ashamed of yourself. I bet your ancestors roll in their graves whenever someone living in modern society tries to “take on” the suffering they had to deal with in their time.
I’m Irish through and through; the English conquered my country in the past and treated the native people like dogs. They were forbid the freedoms of education, religion, voting, owning land, speaking their own language, and take food from export supplies when famine arose. They were starved and beaten and forced to work for another power on their own land.
But I would never even consider trying to use that knowledge to guilt-trip any English person. My ancestors would want me to revel in the freedoms I possess today, not try to rekindle old tragedies and crimes. Why would you do that? Why do people insist on bringing up the blame of past crimes on modern people in everyday arguments? Huge debates concerning the issues of civil rights and past maltreatment specifically are one thing, but don’t bring it up as a casual insult because you and person disagree with each other over something trivial. Our ancestors suffered so that we could experience a brighter future than they did; we should focus on moving forward in society, not revive old blames onto the people we interact with today. They would encourage you to build on your freedoms, not move backwards and try to rekindle old disputes and hatreds.
*claps* This is so well done.