This started in the posts on the Roots DVDs - but I felt it might offer a good discussion for Sunday afternoon here... (the original post has been duplicated as the next post to enable the links to become live)
The treatment of Jews in Germany will always be regarded as the greatest atrocity when compared to the treatment of Blacks during slavery. Simply as that Germany (who are quite rightly seen as a different Germany to now) lost the war, and the USA manages better playing down its own atrocities towards black people, as with death threats against Obama, sadly the original attitude still seems acceptable to many.
The USA just makes it into the top 25% of countries with the freest press - with they way they go on about freedom you would think they were 47 places higher.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporters_Without_Borders#Worldwide_Press_Freedom_Index_Ranking
Allegations have been made against the USA for funding terrorism in various nations, including permitting funds to collected to fund terrorism in Northern Ireland, and declining to extradite terrorist suspects as they were 'political'. Although I cannot quite see how setting off a bomb in a pub, or shooting dead one of my relatives who offered a reward for information on the same was a legitimate political protest other than just murder.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_state_terrorism_by_the_United_States
But the USA has always done well in hiding its atrocities, even the film planned about this one fifty years later that was meant to star Bruce Willis somehow fell through. As a warning the site has some pictures taken at the time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre
Or one above in the USA terrorism section where the papers got out revealing plans to kill people and damage crops in other countries, and blame it on Cuba to prompt an invasion. The plans were even to kill their own people to fuel hatred against Cuba. How can any country be respected when they see killing their own citizens to sway opinion as acceptable.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
Returning to the treatment of Black people, why did the USA turn a blind eye to ritualistic killing of a black person to entertain a white crowd?
Here is a graph showing the numbers lynched in the century following the abolition of slavery (1865-1965)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lynchings-graph.png
If you can stomach it - take a look at this wikipedia page, but its very graphical.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_in_the_United_States
But even now that some offenders are seeing the law catch up with them, its often claimed the original crime had happened too long ago in the appeal after conviction.http://news.scotsman.com/12007/Conviction-of-39Klansman39-overturned-by.4479979.jp
I have copied the entire post as the next post so the links go live.
Now enjoy your McDonalds there y'all!!!
Right - get discussing!!!!