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Dude, I agree it should never have happened. The Africans should never have enslaved there own people, Americans should never have "bought" any human being. But I don't have a way-back machine to right the wrong. So why should I carry guilt for something I cannot correct. I very much hate the fact that human beings were enslaved and I can only conduct myself in a manner consistant to human rights for everyone, no if ands or buts!
Don't confuse personal guilt with national guilt
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LOL... WTF is national guilt?

Drew, I get what you are saying.
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Don't confuse personal guilt with national guilt

So you want to bailout National Guilt?
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So you want to bailout National Guilt?
It will have a better return on investment than giving money away to Wall Street and their rich friends for sure
Imagine a trillion dollar back directly in the hands of the poorest of the lot, can you see an infusion of spending? You give the money to the rich, they will only buy what rich people buy versus the other way around where a larger spectrum of markets will be affected. Can't you see that this is the time for such a move? If it ain't your conscience then let it be your pocket which at least, this time, will be promoting something good.
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It will have a better return on investment than giving money away to Wall Street and their rich friends for sure
Imagine a trillion dollar back directly in the hands of the poorest of the lot, can you see an infusion of spending? You give the money to the rich, they will only buy what rich people buy versus the other way around where a larger spectrum of markets will be affected. Can't you see that this is the time for such a move? If it ain't your conscience then let it be your pocket which at least, this time, will be promoting something good.

Good luck on selling that one to Congress............
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Do you really wish NOW that your ancestors had NOT been removed from Africa?
I assume by ‘NOW’ you’re referring to the deplorable state of Africa today. The question cannot be answered because the issue then was Colonialism, not slavery. Had Africa not been colonized it’s possible the indigenous people would have created stable societies. The Nation-State is a European invention, and does not work well for the entire world.

Regardless, it would be nice to come to the United States under one’s own volition as the rest of the world.
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good find drew

yosey- dont forget most races enslaved their own kind back then and most slaves could earn their freedom. slavery in America was different since it was based on the color of your skin and you could never earn your freedom. also what was different was their children were born into slavery.

keyhole- imagine a large portion of Americas able bodied men and women were taken or killed for about 200 years during our country's early years what state would WE be in as a country today?

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WE? I didn't do anything to any black person. What your ancestors did was despicable. And Africans that sold people as slaves was despicable. An ugly chapter in history by anyone's standards. Hopefully WE can move past any wrong doings from our past and be respectful to all races.
What about the Native Americans ? The lands that we own probably belong to some tribe now in a reservation somewhere.
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Yes We, because We didn't put a stop to it as long as We had sugar in our tea, the cotton was being picked and labor cost was depressed by FORCE.
Yes We, we are all guilty, even if my ancestors never owned or traded slaves but they stood there waiting for someone else to take up their cause.
Anyone who has gotten an inheritance could have received money made from the slave "trade".
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What about the Native Americans ? The lands that we own probably belong to some tribe now in a reservation somewhere.
Stay on topic! Yes, we shouldn't deny that fact as well, but one battle at a time. The Native Americans deserve a lot more than being tucked in reservations, boozed up, neglected and exploited by a few of their owns who own gambling outfits and such. Oh and let's not forget people like Abramoff that fully took advantage of them One battle at a time milfy
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