In Reply to: Re: Respectable Trade [This message has been deleted] posted by Alexandra D'Urso on October 9, 2000 at 19:58:03:
There has been a lot of debate lately over whether we (as in, the United States) should keep apologizing for slavery...and many Americans feel that they shouldn't have to apologize for anything, especially because many of our ancestors weren't even in the United States at the time of slavery. However, I think that apologizing for slavery is an essential part of staying a great nation - the ability that we have to not only admit the mistakes of our country's past, whether they were our mistakes or our ancestor's mistakes or even the mistakes of people we aren't even descended from. As Americans, we adopt the history of America, and because this is in our past, it is important for us to recognize it. Also, by recognizing our mistakes, we are also reaffirming that we will continue to work for the rights of those people who haven't had equal rights in the past.
What I find disturbing is that slavery still exists, in countries like Brunei, and as far as I can tell, many Americans don't realize this. Most Americans know about slavery in America and Europe - about how horrible it was, etc. - but they see it as something in the past.
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