Imp Emissary said:
Don't get worn, I like Japan, and I have German ancestry, so it's not like I hate them all for these mistakes of their pasts. It would just be nice if they were more upfront about it.
Then again, America has similar issues with some of it's citizens not wanting to admit the country did some terrible terrible thing in it's past too. Some just as if not more recent than WW2.
Hell, we still have people who try to say the civil war[sub](sidenote: that's an ironic thing to call a war)[/sub] wasn't about slavery. ;p
I think a lot of the issues concerning America's past is in part because folks tend to whack us upside the head with it whenever they get the chance (not talking of contemporary history). Its a sore spot for some of us, akin to taking potshots at modern day Germans because of the Nazis. I believe fully in remembering the past so we don't make the same mistakes, but holding it against folks who weren't even alive then is a bit much. The only way to move forward is to leave previous steps behind, and so.
Also there are other things that happened to cause the Civil War along with the abolition of slavery. It was about economy and such, which the slave trade was a part of. I feel that the other issues get glossed over because of how big an issue the civil rights part was, but it wasn't the whole. However there are some people who only see those issues as well. Me, I try to see the bigger picture of things, because its never just one thing that causes these type of events, its a cascade effect sparked by a lot of issues coming to a head.
I'm also of German descent, having family that came over here post WWI.
Yeah America has done some f'ed up things, Japan too. If you really want to look back in historical terms, I don't think there are many countries that don't have some messed up practices in their past. Maybe a handful, if that.
Japan has always had an ego though, one that befits a country at least 3x their size... which is possibly an unconscious reason people make small-dick jokes about them.
I'd like it if the world at large could take responsibility for each nation's history and make a pact to move forward without (and I really detest the term) whitewashing over the bad parts while at the same time stop trying to come across as better-than. We're all human at our core, no matter what our cultures, races, etc. We're all part of one friggin' planet and the sooner we realize we're all in this together, that our differences aren't really so different, we breathe the same bleed the same, have similar needs and desires however we apply them.
Sometimes I think we need some extraterrestrial threat to come about to bind us together and make us realize that political stance, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation don't matter a hill of beans because none of it makes us better, just diverse. And if we don't get it together we'll have no future.
I don't know if I have much of a point, just a hope and probably misguided faith that we have it in us to do better, to do right by each other even if we don't like each other or agree on everything.