Saw a lot of memes over the holiday touting regret over the displacement of indigenous peoples. Thats PC for “white man kicked injun butt” by the way.
I find this whole thing sad to be honest; not neccesarily that history fell out the way it did, but that so many feel a need for regret of things that happened several generations ago. Its the same thing with reparations for slavery: how can I be held accountable for things that happened 50, 100, 200 years ago? Just because I am a white male? Born happenstance upon this continent? Would you blame me the same way if I were a white male born in South Africa that relocated here? How about blaming me for the genocide of Jews in Nazi Germany as well, that was induced by white males. I also find it interesting and quite ironic that the ones crying about this (for now, until the next crisis/emotional outpouring/whatever, comes along.) are also some of the biggest supporters of OPEN BORDERS. Umm, I do think the indians here had open borders and were invaded. See any coorelation? Probably not but then,,,,
But I digress.
It’s far to easy to take a historical fact and twist it into something its not, to push an emotional wedge in a society. Hitler and Goebel did it to exaggerate hatred of the Jews to accomplish their goal. Stalin and Lenin used political history for the same ends. Pol Pot, Mao, etc etc etc. When you start playing on that field, you might want to recall that the ones that came before you have buckets of blood to their credit.
FACT: there is not one square inch of available (usable) landmass on this earth that doesn’t have the blood of some conquered race soaked into it. From the dawn of man, its was our nature to acquire and defend, and that being said, some one was going to die in the defense while the others acquired. 2+2=4. QED.
As it happens, and for many on this continent where their families have been here for a few generations, I have traces of Native American blood in me. I can’t say for certain, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find that there is some negroid blood as well. Its a known fact that many slave owners would use their slaves as sexual toys; one thing leads to another and,,,
That doesnt change things. Six of one, half dozen the other, it changes nothing . I won’t be held accountable for the doings of ancestery that may or may not be able to be tied to my bloodline. They aren’t accountable for my actions, even if they may inspire or discourage said actions.
Redraw the map if it makes you feel better; the map is not the territory. But DO NOT try to force feed lies to the next generation out of your personal guilt. Allow them the freedom of choice to decide if they will bear a guilt or not. Instead, teach the facts and encourage different behaviours. Good luck with it.
We have learned a lot through history, and the biggest lesson I learned is “human nature does not change, no matter how ‘enlightened’ a society is” . Envy, greed, sloth, gluttony; you know ’em, the seven deadly sins, they’ve been around since before the catholics cataloged them, and are still with us. Try to adjust that! (And if you want change, you have to start with yourself. Are you really willing to open those doors inside your soul to see the beast within? Be honest!)
But the fact is, history is just that; history. Unless you can time travel, you can’t change it. You can bury it, try to hide it, cover it in marshmallow goo and sprinkles to make it taste better, but, YOU. CAN. NOT. CHANGE. IT. Ignoring it, trying to atone for it, whatever, doesn’t do a damned thing about it. It may make you feel better about yourself, and that may say more about your inner beasts than you may be comfortable with. But it does nothing. Look forward, look to your children. Teach them reality, not feel good stuffing, and hope you do your job well. Thats all anyone can really hope for.