An Excerpt From the Introduction
The increasing frequency of newspaper headlines denoting minority/majority conflicts within nation-states as threats to international peace, national development, and healthy relations among nations, is a convincing sign that the problems of national minorities in small and large states demand urgent attention.
Many of these conflicts were initially instigated by European nations and the United States in their race to colonize the people of the non-European world.2 While many European nations and the United States were involved in the colonization of Asia, Africa, Central and South America; in addition, the United States, through the systematic use of racism and discrimination, created an almost impenetrable form of domestic colonialism based primarily on racial, rather than geographical boundary lines.
The decades of the 1940’s through the 1960’s saw the successful overthrow of direct colonialism in Africa and Asia by charismatic liberation armies and movements. Nevertheless, after ‘independence’ the former colonialist of Europe and the United States developed a new type of colonialism in the Third World – called `the take away’. This entailed the denuding and theft of billions of dollars of Africa and Asia’s natural resources, making Europe and America rich and the poor South even more destitute.
Putting aside, for now, the horrors of the United States imperialism in the Pacific and the Caribbean islands; the domestic colonialism and internal imperialism practiced was more incipient than any form of oppression because it had successfully stripped its victims of their volition and the very `will’ for freedom.