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September 5th, 2012, 06:38
Gross oversimplification. Not all domination of native or militarily inferior peoples exhibited such vicious characteristics and lasted so long well after domination had been achieved (e.g. I believe we were still ripping them off through the Indian Fund well into the 20th century). And even if you were correct, "everybody else did it" is hardly a morally defensible position.

Denying we did something wrong really doesn't help us as a country. It's far healthier to acknowledge we conducted ourselves shamefully, make what reparations are reasonable, and learn from it by confronting our past rather than running away from it or downplaying it. If we aspire to be a just society and would like to claim the high road as a nation of ideals, honesty about our past is the only option.
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