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Originally posted by Essan
Rather than apologising for past slavery (and personally I'm not going to to sue the Italians and Irish for subjecting my ancestors to centuries of such atrocities), why not make an effort to stop curent slavery?
What's more important? People who have been dead for hundreds of years? Or people who are dying today?
Originally posted by jeff414
i think we should apogive for what we did to them. we had them as slaves for crying out lloud!!
Originally posted by soldiermom
I want reparations and an apology for the members of my family that suffered mental anguish, loss of income and injuries while fighting in the Civil War for the Union on behalf of the people whose descendants think I owe them an apology, much less reparations.
Keep making that racial divide stronger you saintly senators. It was a stain on our history's past, yes. The operative word being past.
Originally posted by infinite
Slavery was a product of the ancient Middle Eastern world (Persia, Mesopotamia et al) - it was not a "White European thing." Then adopted by the Greeks, Romanians and throughout the Old World.
Slavery was a common occurrence in the New World too, pre-Columbus, and thus it is difficult to warrant apologies when so many civilisation engaged in the practice.
In fact, the Chinese were treated much worse by the Japanese (Rape of Nanking) and their anguish/suffering was diabolical - buried alive, human experiments, torture, et al.
An apology is meaningless.