I have questions about Racism

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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.
 
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Racism is really irrational, no matter how you look at it, and that's why a lot of things surrounding it don't make sense, in a nutshell.
 

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where's my 40 acres and a mule!???? HUH???? :err:

My ancestors were treated horribly so..... GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE!!!
 
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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.

Everyone needs someone to hate and use as a scapegoat. The world will never be perfect because in perfection is imperfection thus perfection is impossible. If that makes sense.
 

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Everyone needs someone to hate and use as a scapegoat. The world will never be perfect because in perfection is imperfection thus perfection is impossible. If that makes sense.
Who? The jews.


And I'm sad because the majority of my friends are jews.
 
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If you think about it, most white nationalities never had black slaves, but you think that is going to stop them from being called crackers by black racists that use slavery as an excuse to hate all white people?
 

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This "underground railroad" you speak of, are subterranian locomotives... are they an effective means of transporting the populance of a large city?
in anycase PM me with details. I wish to aquire one of theese "underground railroads" you see I am a slave trader of sorts and require a new means of which to transport my products... without disrupting the lives of our great nations law enforcment.
 
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I don't know which point I hate more...
The fact that some of them blame people that had absolutely nothing to do with slavery or...
They want so much in return for what happened to people who are long gone and they probably never really cared about that much.
I mean slavery was bad and all but I hate people trying to take advantage of someone else's situation who also happens to have been deceased.

"My great-great-great grandfather (whose existence is still questionable) was enslaved by your people! Give me money and apologize! I may be free and living a decent, fun life but I feel I should be compensated for his pain and suffering."
Doesn't make much sense to me...

My relatives never had slaves =]
Although both sides were opressed by the damned English and the Japanese (England and Japan are cool)!
 
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You're "Canadian ancesters" still discriminated against black people. Of course, the North and Great Britian, and England, ect wanted to abolish slavery....... but MOST of them still discriminated against black people, even Abe himself.


You have your theory all wrong. Back then, everyone hated black people, but some wanted to treat them like animals while others wanted to bring them to contribute to the economy in a more humane way.
 

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I wonder why you all care if certain black people are being racist against you. I mean eventually you'll probably be making the big bucks sitting in a nice office somewhere while they'll be working at McDonalds trying to figure out how much change to give you. Or they'll be taking it up the ass in prison.
 
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I'm really just curious about my rights to be offended.

There is the term 'white guilt' associated with the way white people act when black people bring up racism. I'm just trying to find the middle ground where it is PC and acceptible for me to get offend by comments about my ancestors.
 
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Black people - Slavery didn't happen to you! You didn't suffer through what your ancestors did. Also, not all white people were slave owners! So stop calling out about what OUR ancestors did to YOUR ancestors.

"We suffered hundred of years through this bullshit!" Ha!
 
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