WHILE I WISH IT WAS NOT SO, I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT THE EXPERIENCE OF OPPRESSION INHERENTLY GIVES PEOPLE WISDOM
I just read how in 17th century New England, Native Americans would often kill escaped African slaves.
That or sell them back to whoever they had escaped from.
And 17th century New England colonists---folks I can trace a direct line back to---had plenty of slaves. The colonists had both African and Native American slaves.
I read these things in the Pulitzer Prize finalist book New England Bound--Slavery and Colonization in Early America.
This is all how some individuals roll and why I don't romanticize or inherently trust any group of folks--such as my own Colonial New England kin---or hold any experience of oppression---such as suffered by 17th century Native Americans--- as inherently offering either wisdom or kindness.
Folks have to make the individual call--outside of group identity--to be decent people.
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