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Why do some people say colonization was a bad thing? Do they think blacks and natives were truly better off before whites colonized ?

Yes, I know that back then indigenous people were treated badly. However, they had no civilizations for the most part. Look at the image below. The colored parts are where civilization existed. The non-colored areas represent wilderness where tribal people lived. You'll notice most of Africa and the Americas were undeveloped and primative. Whites came in and built colonies that grew into the modern-day nations of today. So, it seems that colonization has in the end helped blacks and to a lesser extent native Americans. Blacks and natives did NOT have it better before colonization unless you think living in nature without electricity, running water, etc are better. 

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    because the people in those countries are still paying the price. Interest on ancient debts, infrastructure designed for export, limited industry, slave-wages...

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  • 2 months ago

    A tribal civilization is still a civilization, just a different type of one. Who are you to pass judgement on what civilizations are worth existing and which are not? 

    Also, pretty ironic that someone putting others down as primitive can't spell themselves. 

    • Your point is a good one. It is the same point I use when certain groups push the idea that we need to lift everyone up to a certain level where they have needs that require indebtedness to the financial industry.

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