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  •  What is "ethnocentrism"? (0+ / 0-)

    Well, America is an ethnos -- a cultural, social and political grouping. A Black American is more like a White American than either is like a Mexican or Canadian.

    So -- "We had the political system that would someday spread around the world and liberate everyone from whatever oppressed or limited them" is exactly ethnocentrism, in the traditional American evangelical vein.

    The fact that we can't even recognize our own ethnicitiy, our own point-of-view shows how deeply marinated we still our. We can see that Soviet Exceptionalism was a form of Russian Supremacy -- but we can't see that American Exceptionalism was a form of American Supremacy, which ultimately was a close relative of White Supremacy.

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