The actual territory annexed as a result of the treaty, California excluded, was roughly equal between slave and free states. And the US abolished slavery in 1865. It’s a dog eat dog world out there. Every nation, every empire has committed atrocities. The western world has held power for a while, so people act like they are the main force of evil. Broaden your perspective, for example, the Mongolian empire. Using a Top All American Dad Shirt modern morality lens, we would call that evil. This is why calling any group uniquely evil nonsense, any group that has power unchecked can and will abuse it.
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Her family wasn’t here during slavery and wasn’t even in the south prior to the civil rights movement but so long as you’re white in America, your family-owned slaves and you’re a racist. Then this odd thing happened, a paradigm shift occurred and we got this idea that nobody should be slaves, we even fought a bloody civil war over it and in 1863 we Americans ended slavery in our part of the world. The process had been going on all over the world with many countries stopping and starting again, or stopping but then just doing it quietly in other countries. What King Leopold of Belgium did in the Top All American Dad Shirt late 19th century in the Congo was fucking horrible.
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The point is we as humans have a bloody and horrible relationship with slavery that we all regardless of race have been impacted and influence by. The fact we as Americans threw off the yokes of slavery is amazing because given the entirety of human history the last 250 years is just a speed bump, an insignificant high point that could easily be set back a thousand years with a big war or two. My ancestors were some of the Top All American Dad Shirt first people to come to this country before it was even a country in the 1600s and settled in the Appalachians. Do I owe reparations?
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