This may not be the most poular thread on the forum, but I have been wondering this for awhile. When it comes to blacks and racism, as far as I can tell (being a white-boy) it stems from slavery. The popular 'for four-hundred years' line and so on. Assuming this is true, then logically, how can black people have a grudge against ALL white people? Bear with me. Some black people living in Canada have the same views as those living in the US. Now I understand that most of the hubub is about American slave owners. But didn't other white Americans fight to abolish slavery? Weren't white people both the ones who enslaved black people and the ones who freed them? Black people sometimes seem to have the attitude that MY ancestors kept black slaves. Accetp that my ancestors were all Canadians, and to my knowledge, Canada is where the underground railroad lead. Where my ancestors, took many black slaves and opened their homes to them and shared there food wioth them and treated them as free-men. Should I be offended when my ancestors are belittled for something they did not do? Does someone whose ancestor was sold into slavery have any right to assume that because I am white, my ancestors owned black slaves? Even when my ancestors were some of the ones who welcomed black slaves into a new country and a new life as free-men? And how do Americans feel? Especially Americans who had ancestors go to war and possibly die so that black slaves could be freed? Should those people be offended if a black person belittles their ancestors,, who fought against slavery, for being slave owners? I'm not too sure if I am out of line here, but logically it just doesn't add up. My ancestors helped to free black slaves, as did many American's ancestors. Is it right to lump all whites together on this issue? If my ancestors helped to free black slaves, would I be a bad person to bring this up the next time someone tells me that 'for four hundred years your people exploited my people'? I'm just curious, it's been on my mind for awhile.