Should Europeans offer their apologies for their colonization?

Should the European apologize for their colonization?

  • Yes

    Votes: 29 11.5%
  • No

    Votes: 147 58.3%
  • No, but educate the European children more about this subject

    Votes: 76 30.2%

  • Total voters
    252
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Feb 2019
24
Nigeria
As an African and a witness of the aftermath of colonialism in african states and Nigeria precisely i think colonialism was a bad idea and european should pay for it, during the colonial era their sole aim was exploitation and nothing else.
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,671
Portugal
As an African and a witness of the aftermath of colonialism in african states and Nigeria precisely i think colonialism was a bad idea and european should pay for it, during the colonial era their sole aim was exploitation and nothing else.
Hi ElectorAlexander, and welcome to Historum.

Just to clarify, do you think that the Europeans should pay for the grievances made in the last 50 years? 100 years? 200 years? 500 years? 1000 years?

In other words, how many years should we go back in time to measure grievances?
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,036
T'Republic of Yorkshire
An apology to prove you've changed is (all) bienvenue so to speak, but if your critique of the object in question is a bit off, and/or there is a trace of hypocrisy to be found within the organisation doing the apology ... ... as so many of the above posts state and imply, what are you not apologising for ?
Sense, you make none.
 

Vladd

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
5,561
England
As an African and a witness of the aftermath of colonialism in african states and Nigeria precisely i think colonialism was a bad idea and european should pay for it, during the colonial era their sole aim was exploitation and nothing else.
Only Europe or all colonial powers? How did the subjects of the Fulani empire feel about their overlords?
 

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,582
San Antonio, Tx
It looks like someone from Britain has admitted that the UK owes Canada a great debt...

Democratic Underground - Canada's contribution is not forgotten here in Britain - Democratic Underground

"Most people of my parents generation know that the UK owes Canada a huge debt for their support in two World Wars"


I think that is worth a few Billions +interest.

You can send the money directly to me.
Geez, that’s fairly dense as an argument. Maybe we should ask that we get our money back for Lend Lease and for the later Marshall Plan. Never going to happen.
 
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royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,582
San Antonio, Tx
@Zeno

No, that is too simplistic. I just choose a side based on where I live. I live in Canada. Canada has made me, as Britain has made Canada(or my part of Canada). I wouldn't be where I am if the British had not colonized Newfoundland. Nor would I be able to live such a prosperous and just life without men like Lester B Pearson and such who have made Canada the brilliant socialist place that it is.

To say that it is just based on where you live is a grave mistake.
Just wondering if the Newfies have ever thanked the Americans for bringingn indoor plumbing to their island.
 

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,582
San Antonio, Tx
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The late European empires (especially the British one) bear the brunt of criticism of colonialism, but colonialism was not original with them. In India, for example, there were many pre-British empires, all won by military conquest and involving subjugated distinct ethnicities. The same applies to Africa, where European colonialism was predated by untold wars and conquests; the Zulu were intruding conquerors in southern Africa, having migrated from the north. Today, such places as Palestine,Tibet, and Kashmir are colonized. North America, of course, has been thoroughly colonized, but in most places there are few indigenes left who might receive apologies..
Not really. According to the last census, there are approximately

“cdc.gov
According to the 2010 United States Census, the Asian Indian population in the United States grew from almost 1,678,765 in 2000 (0.6% of U.S. population) to 2,843,391 in 2010 (0.9% of U.S. population), a growth rate of 69.37%, one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.”

Theabove was lifted from ther Internet. The Indian population is growing rapidly it seems.
 

royal744

Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
10,582
San Antonio, Tx
Some years ago, the French government, instead of speaking about the "positive effects of the colonization", should consider seriously to apologize for the colonization. Because conquer and colonize and be part of slavery and taking local resources for 0 price is not fair. Ordinary people, French, British, Dutch, Spanish, have nothing to apologize for, but their government do have to apologize, as it is the continuation of the state. And a responsible state has to be courageous enough to say "mea culpa". French state was not. Australian was.
This whole colonialism business (and it was mostly a business) usually started out as a private enterprise venture that was eventually taken over by the government of the country from which the colonizer came. That’s one of the things that makes this discussion so difficult: every country’s experience and approach was different. It was a sort of “Wild West” out there with one European country after another was injecting their own flavor to the mix. I wouldn’t conflate the Belgian Congo, for example, with other, less odious ventures.

The sheer amount of generalizations required in this discussion is really unmanageable. Perhaps each country should have its own discussion because English, Dutch, Belgian, French, Danishexperiences were so very different. I don’t think it’s too useful to generalize about colonialism unless done on a country by country basis.
 
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