In mainstream Christianity, there’s the concept of Original Sin. Basically, Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge and all of human kind inherited this sin. So we are sinful because of what our ancestors did a long time ago.
Does this work for other situations? Well, in terms of slavory, for example, some people claim that there should be some compensatory justice because of what the majority did to minority groups a long time ago. There is a sense of moral inheritance. The current majority inherits a moral taint from their ancestors. Now, I’m not here to debate reparations or anything like that. But it seems to suggest that if one believes in Original Sin, then to be consistent, doesn’t make sense to believe in compensatory justice? If not, isn’t that being hypocritical?