Members of the community of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec march through the town on May 30, 2021, to commemorate the news that a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children were found at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Canada. Photo: AFP
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Canada, a home community of the Kamloops Indian Residential School where the remains of 215 children buried at the site have been uncovered, confirmed on Thursday that some children were as young as three years old.
“This is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. And it is a stark example of the violence the Canadian residential school system inflicted upon indigenous peoples and how the consequences of these atrocities continue to this day,” said British Columbia Premier John Horgan in a statement.
Almost at the same time, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday admitted French responsibility for the 1994 genocide that killed around 800,000 people in Rwanda. On Friday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass recognized as genocide the crimes committed by German colonial troops at the beginning of the 20th century against the Herero and Nama people in what is now Namibia.
The bloody atrocities committed against indigenous peoples that were once buried in the dustbin of history have been uncovered one by one. They are the stains in the history of the West’s expansion and development. When the developing countries began rising, Western countries played the human rights card with the help of their dominance in public opinion, and refused to admit to their evil past – but the truth cannot be buried.
Worse, their efforts to veneer their evil have generated political correctness, with which they try to use their louder voice to disassociate themselves with the stains. And during such attempts they have failed to address the racial problems that make a large number of disadvantaged people in the West suffer.
Shen Yi, a professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, told the Global Times on Monday that when the West tries to veneer its crimes, it is also trying to mislead the world into a rhetorical trap.”With their insane logic, they even believe that making people in China’s Xinjiang live a better life is committing ‘genocide,'” Shen noted.
Western politicians have ignored their own problems, but shifted attention with unfounded blame against other countries.They spread fake news and pin the label of genocide on others at will. When such politicians and media outlets are up to something bad, they should take time to carefully learn the history of their countries, and have a close and frank look at what is happening in their homeland.
In the West, genocide existed, and the aftermath still haunts them.When those Western countries really respect the bloody history of their ethnic minority people, and really admit to the racial unfairness in their society, they will know who to blame and who to apologize to.
The tragedies of genocide in the Western world have constantly shown to the world that the West is completely unqualified to stand on the so-called moral high ground on this issue. Moreover, this once again confirms a pattern that many Chinese netizens have discovered, that is: All the unwarranted accusations made by the Western countries against China stem from their own evils.
Sooner or later, justice will prevail. Sooner or later, crimes will be settled by history.