From: Daniel Prieto
Date: May 18
Subject: YOU ARE EUROPEAN TOO
Stupidity Level: 8.5/10
I know you get a lot of hate mail and I am sorry for becoming on of those assholes pointing stupid details to you but, at least for me, this one is important.
All americans tend to disconnect themselves from their history thinking about America and themselves as a new fresh start so they start talking about the middle ages like it happened in another world. And please excuse me for this but the same thing happens with black americans that try to isolate their culture from “white” or “european” culture (go to Africa and you’ll see how “white” you are).
What I am trying to say is that you (a black American) and me (a white European) booth have the middle ages, the french revolution and the hundred year war in common because, like it or not, we can both track a big part of our culture and influences to that. You are american and black but you speak english and you are for the most part, culturally Anglo-Saxon, sorry to point that out.
Although you are culturally many things apart from Anglo-Saxon and you are absolutely right to tell me this but this is my point. Yes, you are American and I am European, yes you are black and I am white and these and many other things make us different but, the old Europe, the middle ages, the roman empire, the renaissance and even the spanish inquisition are all things that shaped our culture and who we are with good and bad results.
If you are talking about Europe 500 years ago, you are as european as I am, even if you are black. Don’t talk about the old europe like is a distant culture because it is our history. Even if you happen to be the son of a recent immigrant like Obama, you are basically culturally European because this is the language you speak, the laws you obey, the clothes you wear, the way you eat your food, even your myths and religion are all for the most part influenced and traced back to that distant old europe.
I don’t like the same things you don’t like about this heritage but I have to admit that this is who we are, even if we don’t like it. If we don’t like our past it is our duty to change the future, we can not avoid our responsibility negating our past. That past wether it is adopted, imposed or inherited it is our past and we can not run away from it.
Let me finish with a question, you are mostly black and you could say that you do not have any responsibility in the native american genocide but as an american who speaks english, pays taxes, votes and obeys the law ¿Do you think you are morally responsible to pay reparations?
¿Do you think that when you adopt a culture you also inherit all it’s debts?
PD. I also hate when people revere the Roman empire, the conquest of the west, the renaissance or the second world war as the heights of all that is good with the western culture. All those things were written with the blood of countless not-western people who didn’t ask to take part in this western rally to destined enlightenment.