Are White Americans the good guys of history? There are two main answers to this:
- No, of course not: Genocide, slavery, Jim Crow, wars of empire in Mexico, the Caribbean, Philippines, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. Overthrow of governments, support for cruel dictators. Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, drones. And so on. They are just another dirty, ugly empire.
- Yes: Whatever bad they have done, everyone does. What good they have done, few achieve. The Mongols wiped out more people, Brazil had more black slaves, Rome never freed its slaves, etc. White-dominated America has brought the world freedom, democracy and television. It freed and rebuilt western Europe. It has pretty much kept the world at peace for nearly 70 years, a peace that Churchill thought would not last much more than 30 years, a peace that could have ended in the death and destruction of Europe and North America.
The truth is, like everyone else, White Americans are a mix of good and evil.
That said, they are nowhere nearly as good as they imagine. That for several reasons:
- American exceptionalism. They see themselves as being above history, the shining city on the hill, a light to all the world, what the whole world wants to be like. God is on their side. This goes back to the Puritans. They thought God was on their side too – as they burned peaceful Pequot Indians alive. Little has changed.
- Moral blindness. To maintain their self-image as Basically Good they do not face up to the evil they do – which makes them yet more evil.
- They write the history books - as winners do. But, as if basking in their own whitewashed mythology was not good enough, they also believe in the Teflon Theory of History: that anything bad that took place over 30 years ago is Ancient History – it has Absolutely No Effect on the present.
- They control the world’s biggest media machine – meaning they live in a land filled with their own self-serving lies and point of view.
This is why I do not waste my breath saying much good about whites. They are already tooting their own horn, the biggest in history.
They rarely hear the voices of those they screw over. They have arranged life so that they live in the constant sound of their own praise. So much so that they can no longer tell the difference between criticism and hatred, between truth and feeling.
By and large they seem incapable of seeing themselves objectively in the third person. They cannot see the dirty, ugly empire they run. They cannot see themselves as history will see them, as yet another country, not as the Automatic Good Guys of History. They have no Thucydides.
After the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington they said, “Why do they hate us?”, making plain the profound historical coma into which they have slipped. Their president answered, “They hate our freedoms.”