We are not guilty of the crimes of history

The Left is throwing stones at America, claiming that it is an irreparably racist nation. But what happens when they find out they live in a glass house and are part of this messy, flawed history?

Activist, communist and former fugitive Angela Davis was shocked to learn that she is a descendant of the Mayflower on Tuesday’s “Finding Your Roots” episode.

Now 79, Davis is the latest to appear on a PBS show where celebrities and public figures learn about their origins.

Near the end of the episode, after discussing with several members of her family, the former Black Panther learned that she was descended from William Brewster, one of the 101 people who arrived in the colonies in 1620 aboard the Mayflower.

“No, I can’t believe it,” Davis replied, laughing. “No, my ancestors didn’t come here in the Mayflower.

She continued to protest as Gates confirmed the findings and then replied, “Ugh. It’s too much to deal with right now.”

“Could you ever, in your wildest dreams, think that you might have descended from the people who laid the foundation of this country?” he asked.

“Never, never, never, never, never,” she said.

Our villainous personalities

Activists like Angela Davis have spent their entire careers denouncing America’s ancestors for their alleged participation in, or benefiting from, a white supremacist system since the first Europeans landed here, and Davis now understood that it was happening, at least in part. , from those same villains.

As horrified as Davis was to learn this information about her origins, she shouldn’t be like that. Even if she was right in her understanding of “old America”, she has nothing to do with it and has nothing to be ashamed of. The sins of the father are not to be paid for by the son; Likewise, we shouldn’t judge Davis’ grandchildren for having a commie grandmother.

It’s hard for the left to understand that we shouldn’t encourage people to behave like the communist regime in North Korea, which punishes all descendants with up to three generations in prison for a single action by someone who happens to be in their bloodline for who they might be. never met.

America’s glass house

History is complex because people are complex. We must stop being overly critical and simplistic about the behavior of our ancestors, who were people of their time, comparing it with our today’s norms and social expectations.

No matter how clean our hands may seem to us, in a couple of generations, our descendants could easily look back and shake their heads at some barbarism that we consider perfectly normal and still legal.

The fact that we know how to use much more advanced gadgets than our predecessors does not mean that we are less sinful than they are.

Instead of constantly arguing and discussing the past, why don’t we continue to build a better country together?

You shouldn’t be throwing rocks while living in a glass house because you’re not the only one with access to rocks, and revenge motivation also gives people Herculean power.

But in this case, you should not throw stones, because you can accidentally damage your own window.

Adam B. Coleman is the author of From Black Victim to Black Victor and founder of Wrong Speak Publishing. Follow him on Substack: adambcoleman.substack.com.

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