War Promotes Bigotry

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War and war propaganda have often fueled and been fueled by racism, xenophobia, religious hatred, and other types of bigotry.

Historian Kathleen Belew says there has always been a correlation in the United States between the aftermath of war and the rise of white supremacist violence.

“If you look, for instance, at the surges in Ku Klux Klan membership, they align more consistently with the return of veterans from combat and the aftermath of war than they do with anti-immigration, populism, economic hardship, or any of the other factors that historians have typically used to explain them,” she says.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that we would need to tackle three interlocking problems together: racism, militarism, and extreme materialism.


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