Yes. [a-Hem] I mean the former. Sounds really stupid, I know, but that’s what it boils down to.
History, of course, is history and should not be forgotten, but holding grudges for things that have not happened in centuries is not the way to peace. Look at Isreal and Palistine.
I’m both American Indian and Polish Jew, but you don’t see me blaming racial prejudice for the way other treat me - I just say people are assholes and move on.
Now, I did mention in that thread that racism was not something I actually really understand. I have friends of every which way and how.
SOmething I have seen (albeit on TV) is something will happen between a white person and a black person and the black will get defensive, blaming racial issues. Besides actual biggots, few white folks would know what to do in that situation because “the white person must be racist”.
What we have are 15-year-old inner-city kids who are pissed at the “white man” for things that ended a hundred and thirty years ago. Hell, my Polish grandfather spent time in a Russian prison camp in the Second World War, but I can’t find in my body all that hate and bitterness to say the Russians are awful people who should never be forgiven for the terrible things they’ve done to my people.
PS - Please keep in mind this is all IMHO.