^^ And let's not forget how our own "master race" mentality resulted in not just slavery, but the subsequent Jim Crow here in the United States. How many US companies contributed to *that*, I wonder, that, by this logic, should be boycotted today? Therein lies the problem, folks. Look into German, Italian, Japanese, or American history, and you will find bad stuff. You will find it in Spanish history. You will find it in Russian history. I'd look to see what those various folks are doing to rectify those terrible acts before I started boycotting.
For example, Denny's--which my Dad and I used to frequent when I was a little kid--got caught in a major racial discrimination scandal in the early 1990's, and I boycotted them for years after that. Apparently so did others. Well, Denny's got its act together and changed things for the better, and they have continued their positive behaviour. Therefore, in something like 2008 when Dad was out here visiting, I took him to my local Denny's for a "pigs in a blanket" breakfast, just like the old days, and it was my first Denny's visit since that early 1990's incident. They changed. I obviously haven't forgotten, but yes, I have forgiven. So had he.
Another example would be the late Governor of Alabama, George Wallace. Yes, Mr. "Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever!" himself. I know it took him getting shot to wake up, and I'm sad that it took that. But he did wake up, and he worked for the rest of his life to make things better. For that reason, many Black people did forgive him, again, including Dad. He didn't forget, but he did forgive, due to Wallace's changed behaviour, over time.
That's why I don't hold today's Germans responsible for Nazism and the Holocaust. Their grandparents and great-grandparents, yes, but not today's people. Nor do I hold today's Japanese responsible for Pearl Harbor, though I do wish they would teach their kids the full responsibility for the actions of Imperial Japan the way that today's Germany teaches theirs about the Nazi era. The Japanese educational system seems to say, "we had no choice but to bomb Pearl Harbor, and then for some reason we never could understand, the Americans dropped atomic bombs on us." There's a whooooole lot more to it than that, as we (and the Chinese, and the Koreans, and the Filipinos, etc., etc.) know. The Germans, by contrast, seem to say to their kids, "this was our doing, we were responsible for it, and we must never, EVER repeat such evil again!" Big difference.
2000 S430 (Dad's car, used for special occasions)
2000 S500 (wife's DD: my first W220 project car)
2003 S600 ("sex on wheels"--second w220 project car)
2003 S430 (one of two current DD's--third W220 project car)
2005 E320 CDI (the other current DD--first W211 project car)
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