If you stop identifying yourself with every ridiculous thing previous generations did, you might find that there's a lot less reason to feel guilty -- and a lot more reason to recognize and proclaim when previous generations did terrible things.
None of us are responsible for the actions and deeds of our ancestors. We were not there.
Not there to counsel them, condemn them, encourage them, assist them or restrain them.
Europeans, and, later, European descendants, knew that the North and South America had native inhabitants, and they engaged in a systematic project to seize that land from its owners. Period. There is no way to spin this.
But this in itself is spin.
Europeans came to the Americas basically to make new lives for themselves, to escape the societies behind them and to find opportunities to succeed and grow. Again, there was never this "grand plan" you speak of.
What happens now Sci? Are you going to tell us of the deliberate "systematic project
" on the part of the people in the near east to spread the bubonic plague through-out Europe?