There is a list of British writers that agreed with the sentiments of white imperialism in the 19th century: Charles Kingsley, creator of “social problem” novels, historical romances, and children’s literature. Thomas Carlyle, a historian and essayist. Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book. These men all believed in the “white man’s burden”, which is defined as bringing down the concept of a non-white civilization to adhere to what is called “beneficent imperialism”.
Imperialism is about unity according to Alexander the Great. He wanted equality for all people, not just the people living in the Roman Empire. It became divided with the rise of the Islamic population. Imperialism was no longer about equality after this. World War I centered around the rise of independent imperial states, primarily Russia, Italy, Germany, and the United States, and Japan. The pursuit of financial power and control became the form of Imperialism that exists to this day. Capitalism being the most popular, especially in the United States.
The rise of capitalism is rooted in the colonization of the United States after the genocide of Native Americans a few hundred years ago. This genocide paved the way for white male citizens to bring slaves from Africa beginning in 1619. Twenty Africans were bought through slave trade that lasted for many years. These African slaves were granted very few rights and were not allowed to partake in any of the economic, social, and political progress of the United States.
Africans and their decedents play a large part in United States culture, scientific discoveries and progress. This trickle-down effect created a society where Caucasians rip off the culture of Africans and their decedents who pretend it is their own. America would not be the country it is now without the contributions of Africans and African Americans. The theft of the choreography belonging to black content creators on the app TikTok by white content creators such as Charlie D’Amelio as demonstrated on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show is a good example.
This beneficent imperialism that exists in the United States has only fully benefited its Caucasian male citizens. Beneficent imperialism has also mutated into systemic racism over time. What was once a dream of equality so many years ago has become a nation run by Caucasian men, for the benefit of Caucasian men only. The fact that women and the BIPOC community were not allowed to vote until recently proves this.
There is still so much work to be done in a country that grants voting rights to marginalized communities only to then do everything in their power to suppress said rights to this day.
This gang of “executioners” is a prime example of white supremacy and white nationalism keeping its knee on the throat of all people of color who reside in America.
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