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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

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Right. And Jefferson owned slaves, blah, blah, blah. It makes no sense to judge the people of the past by today's standards. Kids should be taught history as accurately as possible, though. Elementary and secondary school American history was largely whitewashed and one-sided back when I studied it. Better to say nothing than lie to kids.

I've only visited India once, back in the 1980s. We met lots of old guys who could remember life before independence. Nearly all of them thought of it as the "good old days", when things worked, and officials didn't take bribes, and life was relatively safe. They expressed surprise as to why civilised English people should want to visit India.

David, the English only muscled in on the Spanish and Portuguese slave trade. The African rulers were doing slave trade long before all of the aforementioned. The Romans, Vikings and Ottomans did a fair bit.

Speaking of slave trade, westerners can't touch this part. Britain helped quell a bit of it:

https://quillette.com/2019/02/06/understanding-modern-african-horrors-by-way-of-the-indian-ocean-slave-trade/

From what I am told schools (and colleges and universities) already go on at great length about the evils of the British empire.
A Guardian reading friend (Masters Degree in French) had to do history as a second subject, and even he remarked on how blatantly unbalanced it was. Apparently this has been going on for quite a while.

Alan,
Going on for decades over here and over there. The Left never rests.
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/understanding-the-roots-of-the-war-on-history/

Marxism is a slow rotting disease.

Thanks Whitewall.
Not at all surprised.

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