I don't even know what to say. "I'm sorry" doesn't even begin to cover it. People should never have to go through what you did. It isn't fair, it isn't right, it's just horrible. EmbryonicRabbit, you're right. Problems like your family has had are everywhere. What are people doing about it? NOTHING. It's awful-- all men are created equal if they have the money to say it.
I wish there were more people our age who knew that we need revolution, and that we need change. It sounds really pessamistic, but it seems to me that there just aren't enough people like us to really make something happen. Americanborn, we are trying hard! I know that I talk to my parents and friends about this kind of thing a lot. I usually get responses like "That's funny", "You're such a hippie!", or "I wish you'd been around forty years ago".
The truth is, I couldn't have been around forty years ago, and and instead of just wishing that I did (which I do spend a lot of time doing!) I have to try to make things happen now, and it's pretty hard to do that when your peers couldn't care less.
EmbryonicRabbit, I'm sure you have the same problem with this sort of thing that I do.
Trouble in mind, lord I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
The sun's gonna shine in my door,
Shine in my back door someday