Last night, my daughter and I watched the premier of the new miniseries, Roots (on the History Channel).
The story of American Slavery like all tales of racism, oppression, terrorism, and genocide is completely appalling.
It represents the worst of human nature whether for motives of profiteering, power, or plain unadulterated hatred.
We watched, my youngest daughter (in college), literally in tears.
And frankly, we watched until we literally couldn't watch the suffering on the screen any more (but to be continued another evening).
What people can do to other people...beyond words, comprehension.
Is it people doing these things or is it a vicious animal or evil within?
Either way, humankind has a lot to be sorry for...whether for slavery or the Holocaust.
I can't imagine what G-d must think or how we can in any rational sort of way explain these things to our children.
The stain is marked on the souls of the aggressors, and the only thing colored is our history. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)