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originally posted by: jkm1864
The reason people kill for resources is because it's so much easier than actually working for those resources and there will always be a segment of the population that wants to take the easy way out.
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: infolurker
Stuff that happens at protests like this is a joke, they can attract extremists.
He has a point though that the actions of your ancestors can affect where you are today with your social status. For example, Americans are living off the wealth they stole from Native Americans.
Now I'll completely make up an example, hopefully, this makes sense. Let's say your grandfather was a pirate and made his fortune from stealing money from merchant ships and killing their crews. Let us say that this allowed him to move into the upper class and therefore his children benefited, and so did their children, from this wealth.
Let us say that it was socially appropriate at the time because he was pillaging treasure from ships from opposing nations.
I think there is no doubt that the grandchild, you, benefits from the grandfathers' past actions. The question is what to do about it.
Seriously, what is wrong with these people?
slave (n.) late 13c., "person who is the chattel or property of another," from Old French esclave (13c.), from Medieval Latin Sclavus "slave" (source also of Italian schiavo, French esclave, Spanish esclavo), originally "Slav" (see Slav); so used in this secondary sense because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples. This sense development arose in the consequence of the wars waged by Otto the Great and his successors against the Slavs, a great number of whom they took captive and sold into slavery. [Klein]
What I'm saying is the guy isn't 100% wrong is he, white people have done some bad stuff over time, ergo it's in the bloodline.
Taken from "The Go Between" by L.P. Hartley.
The past is a different country, they do things differently there.