posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 05:26 PM
reply to post by FlyersFan
Several of my ancestors were slave traders, which by today's standards is a shocking thing and I have to say, I was somewhat surprised when we
discovered this particular skeleton in our family closet. When we first discovered it, I had mixed feelings, but I am not a slave trader, I have
never owned a slave and I disagree with slavery as a concept. I am not my ancestors.
When my ancestors were plying their trade, it was an acceptable occupation and not illegal. By today's standards, it is morally and legally
bankrupt, but to judge these men, by our standards is not legitimate.
Just because we see ourselves as more enlightened than our ancestors, it does not give us the right to apologise on their behalf, by the standard of
their day, they had done nothing wrong and had nothing apologise for.
The Fifth Cat