Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: i have mingled freely

Thursday, February 16, 2006

i have mingled freely

i found this to be very interesting because it describes the African-American experience overseas in the military. Americans treated the Filipinos as they would Black people in America. i think the point he was trying to make was that imperialism was something that meant racial segregation and degradation wherever the U.S. trodded. this makes Americans no better than the Europeans who did the same thing to millions of other countries centuries before. i think this article showed the correlation between the treatment of colored people all around the world, thus mentioning the use of the curse, "nigger" to refer to the Filipino natives.

2 Comments:

Blogger Hezellig said...

Also the way the Muslims treated the Europeans during thier expansion about 1200 years ago. And the Romans 2000 years ago, and the Egyptians before that... Imperialism is usually ugly no matter who is doing it.

2/16/2006 8:04 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

I agree with Hezellig, Occupation is a nasty business whether it is an American occupation or a Roman occupation. That said our occupation did not result in an actual colony of an American empire, but rather a new formula for political control: neo-colonialism. We installed client regimes who ran these new acquisitions according to our broad interests, as long as they followed our lead we lent them our substational support, protection and aid. How does that reconcile with the noble ideals of bringing liberty to the poor "benighted savages" of these island nations? Well, it is a contradiction clearly, on the other hand the U.S. may have been a better master than most European colonizers who were often harsher and less tolerent of any signs of independence. So, were we nothing more than a replacement for the Spanish empire? Just another empire with a different style? Or is there some truth to our rhetoric of democracy and self-determination?

2/20/2006 10:49 PM  

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