I was very disturbed when a young black woman told me that unless I feel personal guilt for my ancestors who may have owned slaves at some point in history (nobody in my direct lineage, but caucasians in general), that I had just shunned responsibility of the atrocities of my ancestors. Of course I don't condone slavery, and I do denounce that behavior, while at the same time I can't feel personal guilt over something I did not do that occurred 250 years before I was born. I can't do anything to change things that happened in history. I can only control my own behavior in the here and now, where I am an ally whenever I can be. Help me out here. Is there no way to escape the sins of my forefathers?