Ian Pritchard writes:
>It's an interesting issue. Some of us get very passionate on both sides.
>Unfortunately, the politics (or the history or the culture or whatever)
>tend to whip up strangely aggressive anti-English feelings (which is why
>grew up learning to fight. I have English parents and an English accent)
Reverse racism is ugly. My father-in-law, for example, hates anything and
everything about me, not because of anything I've done, but because he is
Indian/Hispanic, while I am white. He regales me with tales of European
atrocities and stupidity -- but heaven forbid if I mention that his
ancestors killed thousands in bloody rituals to appease some god.
I suppose some people will expect me to hate my English ancestors simply
because a majority of my blood comes from Scottish roots.
>This is something the list hasn't covered yet in my time on it. we have
>a lot on the oppression of the Celts. But very little on the harshness
>schoolchildren! I've never experienced actual physical intimidation as
>adult due to my lack of accent, but it's come close to it. I am made to
>very uncomfortable in some situations despite having chosen from the age
>twelve to be a Scot; being born in Scotland, supporting the flag,
>the colours, knowing more Scottish history than most and not even
>what the English do on a Sunday afternoon (in my opinion always the
>of a culture!)
I have great sympathy for you. Know that you aren't alone. Try marrying
someone of another "race". When I worked for the U.S. government, a high-
ranking (read high-smelling) official told me that I was "mongrelizing"
the white race by marrying one of those "Indians." I walked out on him (I
wanted to punch the SOB), and was almost fired for "insubordination."
>If we want to be independent, we should be. But let's lose the biterness
>things that happened hundreds of years ago and try to address the
>of the present instead!
We need to remember the past, not dwell on it! I certainly don't hate the
English because they enslaved some of my ancestors. I base my opinions of
people on what they do now, and not on their ancestor's actions.
Scott Robert Ladd
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