Explain how racism was displayed in both imperialist and anti-imperialist viewpoints. 


I would have to say that I believe that racism was a tool for colonial powers to justify the acquisition of colonies more than it was actually a motivation. In other words, the taking of lands from other people had more to do with the acquisition of resources and the establishment of markets than any aspect of race politics. Having said that, those on the imperial side used race as a justification to the public for expanding empires. The dialogue went something like this: these non-white populations are backward and uncivilized. We as a superior people are burdened with the duty of civilizing these savages with Christianity and Western ideals. The notion of whites making nonwhite people better through assimilation is clearly an example of racism.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, the debate in the United States was fierce about America's role as an imperialist. There was widespread sentiment that the United States should not force its way of life on other people. There was also a Marxist element that existed in the anti-imperial camp, but many groups felt that American colonization violated the principles by which the republic was founded on. Most felt it was an abandonment of the American ideas of self-government and isolation. There was, however, those in the anti-imperialist side that were concerned that by acquiring new lands, nonwhites would become citizens automatically. They believed that these uncivilized people would migrate to the United States and changed the racial demographics of the nation. This, obviously, is a nativist sentiment driven by racism.

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