Friday, March 21, 2008

Empire and Racism

One of the great casualties of war and occupation is the objectification of others and the minimizing of deaths and destruction. People in power have long used working-class Americans as pawns and surrogate oppressors. For those on the ground, racist ideas and language are used as defense mechanisms, then as standard operating procedures. Soldiers are coming back to America, inflicted with the disease of racism and ethnocentrism, blaming the pawns on the other side of the chessboard.

This is the way of empire.

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