Welcome to the board. I am certainly glad that you are here. I also thank you for bringing up this very important topic for us all to discuss. I
believe that we have to stop with beating around the bush and focus on the topic as it is in order to make things better in society.
I would like to address two points that you spoke about:
1)The notion of "pain". I think in all the discussions about slavery, the "pain" of it all is rarely conversed about because people are too
caught up with the notion of Black people "crying and screaming" about race or "asking for a handout". If people got past these two deflecting
points and discussed the residual effects of slavery, then there might be a meeting of the minds.
Forget about slavery in other parts of the world. Let's focus on slavery in America because it has affected us deeply as citizens of the United
States through social practices, laws, social norms and ettiquette. And, as much as others can say that it was in the past, we need to revisit
history as a way to discussing why we are the way we are in the present society.
In focusing about the pain, it is important to note that as a Black person who has actually seen the auction block her ancestors were sold upon, this
topic brings a lot of sadness in noting the struggles that my relatives have endured in the face of such hardship. And it pains me that it is hard
for some American citizens to recognize that a lot of us have deep emotions about this topic because it has affected us directly through our heritage
and family histories.
Others can say that it happened "long ago", but for a lot of us talking about slavery is dealing with our collective and individual pasts. Not only
that, dealing with this issue also helps make sense of the present as well.
2)I also wanted to address this point you made about "victims":
Originally quoted by CSIfan
I'm sure there are more than I can think up here...HEY! is someone putting something in our water, or our air, that makes AMERICANS BLAME THE
The collective reasoning is off. Any ideas on what could be the cause?
C'mon, help me here...does anyone else see it?
I think that the "blame the victim" trend that is happening in society is an attempt by some to avoid connecting with people who suffer. America
during this day and age has a problem with empathy, especially when the sufferers are of color. Instead of indentifying with those who have
experienced hardships in society, anger and ridicule is implemented instead.
It's rather sad and I have more to say on this later.
But, I wanted to tell you again that I thank you for this topic. And please continue to post your eloquent remarks for us all to read.
[edit on 29-3-2007 by ceci2006]