What’s the most morally disgusting thing you’ve ever seen someone do?
Answer by Salvine Perea:
In my high school,about 50% of students were of Indian origin.So in history class which I enjoyed by the way, we had an English teacher who made it a point to express his patriotism at every point. We were discussing Winston Churchill, and he described Winston Churchill as “the greatest leader in the twentieth century”.
Now for those that may not know the inside story,Churchill was not only an unapologetic racist, but had little regard for Human life (especially if it was not white).
He famously created Iraq,believing a nation composed of Sunnis, Kurds and other ethnic groups that have warred for millennia should exist simply because “the oil would be easier to collect if it came through one country.
In case you didn’t know, Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned under him for daring to stand up against British rule
This is the guy that famously said of Ghandi when the latter launched his independence movement: “he ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back."
When the deadly Bengali famine set in,he refused to divert even minimal amounts of rice, claiming it was the Indians fault for ”breeding like rats”.
Now I am not Indian or British, but the teenager history enthusiast I was knew enough to raise my hand and question why he was distorting history like that.
I was told to shut up and and only pay attention to what was in our books because that is what would make me pass the exam!!
I felt so pissed, not just on behalf of my Indian classmates who had the ignominy of sitting through this whole exchange (Its like telling Black people they deserved slavery), but because these words were coming from my history teacher.
It scared me a lot later that night when I realized that he was simply reflecting the prevailing version of history. As the famous German Philosopher Walter Benjamin once said, ”History is written by the victors”.
I have since learned to be skeptical initially when it comes to our favorite hate topics (e.g. Stalin or The Holocaust)-because many things aren’t done exactly/only by those that our books lay blame on, but by whoever it is that the contemporary author was led to believing was responsible.
It takes patience,
but roll off that plain, innocent-looking Carpet covering the Past,
And behold the dark, the uncomfortable,the unsightly,
Your mind will surely be richer for it, your heart absolutely torn with it,
That foul tasting wine you wish had never met your lips,
Ignorance is bliss.