Should Europeans offer their apologies for their colonization?

Should the European apologize for their colonization?

  • Yes

    Votes: 27 11.6%
  • No

    Votes: 134 57.5%
  • No, but educate the European children more about this subject

    Votes: 72 30.9%

  • Total voters
    233
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Jun 2017
2,879
Connecticut
Large parts of Europe had none or extremely peripheral part in the colonization process. (In fact even in those who did the colonization and the spoils thereof involved minorities.) So trying to tar "Europeans" for something they had no part in is insulting and ignorant. What's next, should the Vietnamnese apologize for the Mongols sacking of Baghdad, Being fellow Far Eastern and all?
I feel like it's obvious this only applies to the relevant parts of Europe. Easier to say European than list all the individual countries.

Portuguese, Spanish, French, British, Belgian, German and Dutch. Is that better? Did I miss anyone think that's just about everybody?
 

Larrey

Ad Honorem
Sep 2011
5,389
I feel like it's obvious this only applies to the relevant parts of Europe. Easier to say European than list all the individual countries.

Portuguese, Spanish, French, British, Belgian, German and Dutch. Is that better? Did I miss anyone think that's just about everybody?
The Danes.

Considering Sweden sold cannons to everyone in bulk, and slave-irons was a profitable product line of it's 17th and 18th c. metallurgical industry it could be included. Then again on that basis pretty much all of central Europe, which was the larger European hub of mining and metal-working.

Regardless of directly trading slaves, or maintaining overseas colonies, all of Europe was, directly or indirectly, plugged into the global market system early modern Europe created and maintained, of which slaves and colonies was just one kind of modality.
 
Mar 2019
21
Amsterdam
The question is why should anyone apologize for the things done in the past by the people we never knew and only read in the books? Or a question from another side. Why is it so hard to apologize for the mistakes of others? If it helps the others have peace of mind?
 
Sep 2011
5,389
The question is why should anyone apologize for the things done in the past by the people we never knew and only read in the books? Or a question from another side. Why is it so hard to apologize for the mistakes of others? If it helps the others have peace of mind?
Apologies can run an entire range of options. Expressions of regret for past actions of individuals or entities isn't that hard. On the other hand they can very easily be dismissed as insufficient, insincere, whatever – all it takes is an attitude of not accepting the apology.

Which has happened in international politics. Even to the point where apologies, even damages payments, have been accepted decades ago, but get reopened since the apology is dismissed and the compensation deemed insufficient.

Part of the complication is that there is a number of "legal persons", from state actors to corporations, who are still around, still active, and who were clearly implicated in these past actions. And some people today still have the task of representing these.