My ancestors were slave traders. Should this affect me in any way? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, chairwoman of a United Nations panel of human rights activists, draws parallels between police killings of Blacks in the United States and the racist lynchings that occurred in the South until the civil rights era.
“Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynchings in the past," Mendes-France told reporters. "Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”(1)
That same panel has urged the United States’ government to pay reparations to the descendants of Africans who were brought to the U.S. as slaves. There are some specious, contrary arguments that the ancestors of Whites forcibly conscripted to work for Barbary pirates should also be compensated. Nonsense.
My suggestion to you is this: If you feel moved to make amends for the transgressions of your ancestors, then act for social change; raise your voice in favor of a more just, egalitarian society and decry intolerance and bigotry wherever it raises its ugly head.