Oh, boy.  Ugh.  Here we go.  Argh.

Slavery is, always has been, and always will be very rotten and unpleasant business.  It is also, I think, a totally natural and predictable thing.

Whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow, purple, striped, or whatever–it’s a lead-pipe cinch that you have both slaves and slave owners up your family tree, so stop playing the “boo-hoo” card.

Guess who rounded up Africans and shuttled them off to English slave boats.  Other Africans.  And yes, they got paid for it.

Guess who rounded up Scots and shoved them off to Ireland.  Other Brits.  And yes, they got paid for it.

Guess who’s still rounding up black kids and selling them.  Brits?  No.  USA?  No.  Other Africans?  Yes.

Same goes with Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, and the rest of the world.  Bastards traffic in bastardry wherever they are.

I’m chagrined that the USA took so long to getting around to legislating anti-racist legislation, but I’m pleased that it all took off like a rocket.  I mean, let’s face it–think about how things were fifty years ago.  Can any other country make such sea-changes in such a relatively brief time?

I think that the loveliest quality of the USA is that it is occupied mostly by people who have run away from bullshit.

I’m not proud of, or happy about, what white folks did to the Indians.  That was jingoistic egotism and stupidity.  The same goes for every empire vs. colony deal–Portugal in Africa, Portugal in Japan, Arabia in Spain, Spain in Mexico, France in Mexico, Britain in India, India in Pakistan, China in Tibet–on and on.

If anybody deserves a Slavery Medal of Honor, we all do, but we all–all of us–also deserve Slave-owner Medals of Shame.

The best thing to do, I think, is fight current slavery rather than dwelling on ancient offenses.