posted on Oct, 5 2015 @ 11:01 PM
Studying history is one of my interests in life. I realized the other day much has been made of the rather recent phenomena here in America of African
natives being outsourced by their countryman in forced labor in the American South. This rather recent set of events was no doubt atrocious for many
innocent people who were involved in this tragedy. So recent in fact there are many sores that are far from being healed as a result.
Americans, the native ones practiced slavery for hundreds or even thousands of years before the Europeans arrived in the Americas. When one tribe
raided another tribe's territory and took prisoners they were often treated as slaves. Some spent the rest of their lives as slaves of their captors.
In Europe during the Roman conquest the same was true then. If you found yourself walking on a Roman road with your wife, and children you might
suddenly find yourself a slave and sent to fight in the pits while your wife is made a whore, and your children are sold to perform who knows what
labor or vice.
Much misery and suffering of slavery exists even today when you read headlines about a Pakistani woman in New York escaping from a Saudi royal's
mansion in the middle of the night fleeing for her life. When you read of containers full of starved and dead Chinese people found headed for a
sweatshop in the garment district. Slavery is horrid but has been around a lot longer that the American Republic and is not any smaller of a relevant
issue today as it was back then. People do horrid things to others but their descendants are not responsible for the conducts of their predecessors
and that is the fact of the matter.
While I feel compassion for those my ancestors might have harmed I have no guilt or shame about those situations that happened in the past. I take
responsibility only for what I have done to my fellow man not some past persons who share only a common ancestor with me.
edit on 10pm2015-10-05T23:05:41-05:00110510America/Chicago051031 by machineintelligence because: spelling