LETTER – All parties to historical injustices need to accept responsibility

Sir: Thank you for the captioned article in last Sunday’s Times Colonist.

Frankly, I have been avoiding reading pieces that suggest just another “Sorry” from people who do not know both sides of a story and it would appear are trying to curry favour for the next vote. Yours showed both sides of the story and that, like most situations involving an apology, there is usually a percentage of blame that can be attributed to both parties.

As we cannot go back and change what has already happened it felt far more palatable and hopeful to me that all parties to an injustice or disagreement accept some responsibility that things could have been done differently in the cold light of dawn rather than one side wringing their hands about the perceived injustices of 200 years ago and increasing demands for more and more from the other side with no acknowledgement of their part in the whole story.

Please keep writing such historical perspectives as true reconciliation needs both sides to acknowledge how poorly their actions might look by today’s standards. I believe more people would look favourably on what is trying to be accomplished if this direction was more prevalent going forward.


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2 Comments on LETTER – All parties to historical injustices need to accept responsibility

  1. It would seem that there are still those who wish to defray accountability by blaming the victim.Those who were wronged are demanding that what was stolen (ie Preempted ) from them be returned to them.

  2. Bang on Rob.

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