The Influence of Imperialism on Racism

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This course is a great opportunity to explore the impact of imperialism. From this course, I learnt that imperialism contributed to the growth of racial discrimination. On one hand, in order to maximize profit by establishing colonies in Africa and Asia, western countries claimed that colored people were inferior and should be subjected to the whites’ control. On the other hand, imperialism led to the occurrences of wars, which caused the whites’ prejudice that black soldiers could not regulate themselves without the direction of white officers. The article The African Roots of War by W.E.B. Du Bois and the article The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt can support my point of view. In the 19th century, western countries began to expand the economy through imperialist methods such as colonization. In order to justify their seemed inhuman behaviors, imperialist countries labeled residents of their colonies as savages who were doomed to be governed by whites. At this time, industrialization not only helped capitalists to accumulate a huge amount of wealth but also increased the economic gap between the rich and the poor. Therefore, the poor were dissatisfied and demanded to get more profits. Meanwhile, Du Bois regarded the 19th century as the century of “democracy” and the 20th century as the century of “socialization of wealth” (The African Roots of War). As he believed, since the late 19th century, the voice of common people was much stronger than ever before, and laborers
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