So how many students died from "discipline" at your school as a kid, smartass? Did you have to eat soap for being fluent in a second language? How much of your blood hit the floor if you contradicted your teacher when they made an assertion along the lines of claiming your hometown's economy was based on slave trading and eating bugs when in reality they fished, your grandparents practiced ritual cannibalism when of course that's insane slander, and your personal coming of age would have involved sex with an animal if it weren't for your school or the laws that are selectively applied to you that you witness frequently being broken by those who invoke it which you have no power to hold them to in return and the cock up your ass courtesy of a religious figure calling you a sinner and all of the abuse your rightful punishment?
Or did they not do shit like that because it was sick, wrong, and illegal and you're basically playing off rape like it's the equivalent of a wet willy? I don't have a lot of patience for this minimizing bullshit, it deliberately skips over the details and in doing so makes a blatant attempt to change the facts. We can't erase our history and replace it with something more palatable any more than we could erase theirs and insert our own self-aggrandizing hatefic which was the entire point of those hellholes and even if the worst thing to physically happen to the students was getting water sprayed in their face that purpose alone is an unforgivable act. How can we have pride in ourselves if we have to lie about every facet of who we are and what we've done? Does anything we achieve have any meaning when we accept that we'll just smudge it out in the history books if in the future we want a different story? And what do we do if we don't have the brute force to make anyone else nod along with us at storytime? What do we look like to the rest of the world and how do we ever hope for any global respect or credibility then?