I happened to see this on the internet the other day. It is one of those items passed around by those who seem to want to ignore the entirety of history and limit themselves by castigating (is that a word?) the US.
Part of the reason we, in the US, attack our own history… is because we have been far better at remembering and recording our history than countries of the past. And obviously, in previous years, decades, centuries, other countries slaughtered their opposition or any inhabitants they did not like and created countries through monarchy and didn’t even attempt to incorporate those who lived on the land they were taking. And as the old saying goes, History is written by the victors. But lets look a tad deeper. Let me name some of the countries built on “slavery”, “genocide”, and/or “colonization”:
Greece, Azerbaijan, Rome/Italy, Panama, Romania, Persia, Assyria, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Germany, Israel, China, Russia, Japan (yep), Brazil, Ireland, Mongolia, Angola, Portugal, France, The Soviet Union, England, Ottoman Empire, Mexico, Congo, Spain, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Australia, South Africa….
You know what? This is a waste of time, because EVERY country on the planet [except Canada and New Zealand pretty much] has a history of slavery and/or genocide. There are NO countries that are immune. No country currently on the planet, started out with one people who currently live in that country, whether it be in South America, Asia, Africa, or Europe. There are no pure societies; not even in the remotest of the Pacific Islands are societies spared. Countries and populations have always shifted, they have always fought for resources, and they have always attempted to conquer other peoples, clans, populations, or countries. Men/fighters were always slaughtered, and women always taken as captives. Some men were spared and turned in to servants or slaves. It is the way it has ALWAYS been. Egypt utilized slaves to build every single Pyramid (whom were the poor and “darker” Africans). The Roman Empire conquered the known world. Turkey (and the Ottoman Empire) had slaves and also committed genocide (several times). Greece had slavery (for the wealthy). The Chinese built the Great Wall with a large number of slaves, for hundreds of years. The Mayan’s took slaves and killed entire populations. Sucks, Perhaps… But ignoring the realities of history doesn’t make it NOT so?!
…Sure, the story of the American Indian and Slavery in America will always be a scar on America’s history, but you must accept that every culture, people, or country have their scars as well. One scar for Africans could also be, that it was Africans who sold other Africans into slavery — after they had already captured them, thus initially making them slaves. The American Indians were attacked and had their property taken from them for sure, and that no doubt sucks, however, it cannot be forgotten that the indigenous people on EVERY continent have either been forced to adapt, or not! But no countries currently on the earth were born from peace, flowers, sharing, and happiness.
In The End… No one is “owed” anything in life! I find it fascinating that people who [presumably] believe in Evolution and The-Survival-Of-The-Fittest (yes, I’m stereotyping those who would agree with the above picture), believe it must be different for any group of humans. The idea that life has been “unfair” to any group… is ridiculous on its face. All Life Is Struggle and we Adapt or we Die. Those are the only options. Sure, no one likes to see people displaced. And no one likes to see the Oryx Gazella‘s get caught and torn to shreds by the Hyenas, but… proportion and context mean something…
Remember The Past, Learn Your History, Live In Your Present, and Prepare For The Future. (nice)