Am I an American Supremacist? by Adele Roof

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Adele Roof
World Beyond War
August 15, 2017

As most everyone knows, white supremacists descended upon my city of Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, and chaos, violence and tragedy ensued. I’ve been thinking since then about the concept of supremacy and how odious it is–as if one race were purer and better than another, as if one color of skin were of a higher virtue than another.

But it has also crossed my mind that most Americans are American supremacists, thinking that their country is the greatest in the world, believing that America has the wisdom and the right to decide the fate of every other nation in the world, and that those decisions should be based on American interests alone.

The idea of American supremacy is as odious to me as the idea as white supremacy. As American supremacists, we don’t even negotiate with other nations anymore. We impose sanctions and call that diplomacy. Sanctions are a form of force.

As American supremacists, we don’t try to see another country’s point of view. Our message is: Do it in the way that best supports American interests, or else we will crush you economically and militarily.

As American supremacists, Americans believe that we have the right to rule the world. I would say that 800 bases in more than 80 different countries is proof of that. As is the obscene amount spent feeding the military/industrial complex, more than the next 8 nations combined.

We call ourselves Americans, clearly not including Canada, Central and South America in that reference. That’s a form of exhibiting supremacy.

Some of our presidents, such as Reagan, said God gives us the right to rule over all. Jimmy Carter said that whatever happened in the Persian Gulf was vital to American interests, and we had the right to interfere as we saw fit. Jefferson said it was our manifest destiny to have all of the land between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Obama bequeathed a trillion dollars to modernize our nuclear arsenal over the next decade, as if what we have now is not already ridiculously bloated. Both Clinton’s and Trump’s campaign rhetoric was full of American supremacist ideas.

So… ask yourself if you support our interference in every country in the world, are you an American supremacist? If you think the US had the right to almost have a nuclear war with Russia (under Kennedy) because Russia put missiles on defenseless Cuba, 90 miles away from the US, yet you don’t understand Russia’s deep concern with being surrounded by NATO, and their need to hold on to Crimea to protect their large naval base on the Black Sea, are you an American supremacist? If you think Palestinians have no right to the land legally issued to them by the United Nations in 1948, and you think Israelis have a right to steal their land, all because Israel is a friend of America, are you an American supremacist? If you think North Korea and Iran should be bombed off the face of the earth, and you don’t take into account that they know that if they give up all their weapons, the US would decimate them because American supremacist George Bush called them evil, are you an American supremacist?

We’re so good… they’re so bad… we’re so right… they’re so wrong…. If you buy those beliefs, are you an American supremacist?

If you think we don’t have much to learn about how other countries handle health care, education, benefits to the poor, infrastructure, arms control, etc. are you an American supremacist?

If you are willing to condone the US going to war whenever and wherever, without finding some way to speak out against that, are you condoning American supremacy?

Think about it….

from the archives:

The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story by Ralph Nader

David Swanson: Purposeless Death in Syria + No U.S. Warplanes Over Syria News Conference

Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?

David Swanson: The Case for Abolishing War + Transcript

Uncle Sam’s Grisly Record of Murder and Mayhem Since 1945 by Paul Street

Sanctions Are A Form Of Warfare by David Swanson

The Losing Warfare State by Ralph Nader

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  11. There is nothing wrong about wanting one’s group to be supreme or the best at something among other groups. But what is called ‘Supremacy’ is actually group DOMINANCE, the rule over other groups. The corruption of the political language, noted by Orwell, forces one to us language that is inadequate to one’s purpose, and consequently tends to deceive. It is often imperialist language, such as referring to the people of the USA as ‘Americans’ in a way that excludes the other peoples of the American continent. It is racial dominance or American dominance that is the political problem, enslaving other persons often by stealing their collective and personal property and power. White domination is the racial problem, not White supremacy.

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