I’m gonna be 23 on November. I never lived through any of these “crimes against humanity” that “whites have committed.”
There are multiple reasons I don’t feel this guilt.
1. I never lived through it. I never owned a slave. I’m not gonna feel bad about something I never did. Did it suck? Yea. I’m also not going to feel bad about “killing” Native Americans. I didn’t do that. It happened hundreds of years ago and I was not apart of it. I’m not going to apologize for all of that because I’m white. That’s like making all African Americans apologize for Obama’s shitty “leadership.”
2. Historical evidence have shown that many cultures have committed “crimes against humanity” against other cultures. And it wasn’t all whites against everyone else. There were like 5 continents of people who weren’t “white” and they were not peacefully happy go lucky love filled communes. Those cultures killed the shit out of each other.
Also, it’s not like the Native Americans just became violent all of the sudden after 1492. Tribes in North and South America were always fighting with each other.
Genocide is not exclusive with whites. See Sudan and Rwanda and Iraq and such places. Also, Saddam Hussein was technically white because most people in the Middle East as well as in India are Caucasian because the Caucasoid peoples spread all over Europe and Asia.
3. Why should I feel white guilt for minority ethnic groups of the past? If I felt white guilt over the Albanians, Serbs, Jews, Armenians, Irish, Ukrainians, etc., I would get attacked and called a racist for only caring about white victims.
Take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history
And here’s a list of massacres thrown in for fun since we’re on the subject of who is killing who http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres
As for slavery, everyone conveniently forgets the practice of slavery before the ones that happened in America (which wasn’t a US problem considering that the Atlantic Slave trade encompassed many different places and many different countries participating in the trade). The Romans loved it, the Native Americans loved it, peoples of the Pacific loved it, the English loved it, and so on (and when I say love it, I mean that those who enslaved people loved having slaves to do their work, also means that they were practitioners).
And guess what, SLAVERY STILL EXISTS AND IT’S NOT THE FAULT OF WHITES. So instead of continuing to feel guilty about something that ended 150 years ago and saying sorry, spend your time trying to help the people who are currently enslaved and stop apologizing to people who were never slaves.
This is also a chance for me to continue my constant soapbox that is bringing awareness to the world of the crimes of the British against the Irish. Throughout the history of the Isles, the British have come and gone from Ireland as invaders. They were always trying to take over the Irish. Even up until the 1990s. And technically now since they are still holding N. Ireland hostage. There has been constant invasion and oppression and massacre of the Irish people by the British. Cromwell especially. Also, the English could have helped during the Great Famine and prevent it from becoming as bad as it had gotten, but they didn’t. Anyways, the British decided that it would be a good idea to take the Irish and send them to the Caribbean as slaves. There’s even a Flogging Molly song about such incidents.
So yea, humans have done a lot of shitty things to each other throughout history. But I’m not going to feel sorry and responsible for it because I wasn’t there and it’s not my fault and I never participated. All we can do is learn from it and try not to repeat it and just be more tolerant of each other in general. With all the amazing technologies we’ve discovered, you’d think that we would have developed more in accepting differences of other cultures and changing how we act compared to how humans have acted through history.