Racism And Imperialism In Germany

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As troubling pasts linger on throughout the world, countries that once committed violence as perpetuators struggle to shape its legacy. Germany, a nation that committed one of the most violent atrocities of the 20th century, has been tasked with remembering its past in hopes of shaping its national identity. In the process, leaders and politicians have struggled to properly memorialize the nation’s many victims. Many have debated what proper memorialization is, sparking controversies over almost all of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial (Hansen-Glucklich). With its wrongdoings so recent in human history, the ubiquitous ideals of nationalism have complicated Germany’s legacy. Meanwhile, the United States fails to commemorate its victims of slavery and its imperialistic practices. Although slavery was outlawed in 1965, the once-enslaved Black people of the U.S. struggled to achieve equal socioeconomic status as their previous owners. Jim Crow Laws segregated African Americans for years, producing disenfranchised communities that even the 1960s Civil Rights Movement could not fix (Tharoor). With a system built on principles of racism and oppression, the U.S. has failed to recognize the Black community as victims. Thus, the nation has failed to come to terms with its past, complicating its legacy as it moves forward. As Germany continues to recognize the need to repair its historical wrongdoings, the United States struggles to come to terms with slavery. Memorials have been utilized

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