Rudyard Kipling encouraged America's fledgling empire when he wrote The White Man 's Burden. However, by that time the Unites States had already committed genocide against the Native Americans, engulfed half of Mexico and turned Hawaii over to a handful of wealthy White plantation owners. White Americans were already "bearing the burden" of ruling those who were "half-devil and half-child".
In the early 20th Century, confidence in their moral superiority and Manifest Destiny spurred Americans to slaughter tens of thousands of civilians in the Philippines, prevent a sovereign nation from emerging in Cuba, and negate Puerto Rico the autonomy it had negotiated with Spain.
As one of the most brutal European imperialists, Spain played a significant role in the ongoing oppression of the Filipinos, Cubans and Puerto Ricans. When the United States defeated them in the Spanish-American War, they essentially sold the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico to their new masters in Washington.
Taking off the rose-colored glasses
Casting aside the history books written by the "superior " White race and viewing history through the lens of reality, one readily sees that European nations like Spain, Great Britain, France, and Portugal committed unspeakable atrocities against millions whose only "crime " was that they were born on the continents of Africa, North America, or South America.
"Brave and noble " pioneers and explorers like Columbus and Cortez came to the "New World " bearing gifts. Their hosts were "blessed " with "gifts " like Small Pox, servitude, and genocide. As they convinced themselves they were "civilizing the savages ", the European invaders dehumanized their "converts ". Human beings became tools for empire building, or if they impeded imperial expansion, little more than insects to be exterminated.
Similar patterns emerged in Africa as various European nations carved up the Dark Continent like a juicy Thanksgiving Day bird. Humans and resources alike became subject to the will and whims of their colonial rulers.
Encountering a shortage of labor and an over-abundance of economic opportunities in the "New World ", the "intrepid " imperialists were undaunted. They simply started capturing indigenous people from various tribes in Africa, selling them into slavery, and shipping them to the Americas. Valuable new commodity emerges. Labor shortage problem solved. One can 't help but admire their ingenuity; that is if one suffers from anti-social personality disorder.
To summarize, our European and American ancestors raped, pillaged, plundered, enslaved, and nearly annihilated the "lesser beings " they encountered on several continents in their "glorious " bids to expand their empires.
Barren desert never looked so good....
After the invention of the internal combustion engine led to wide-spread use of automobiles, the Middle East became an area of particular interest to Europe and the United States. With the revelation that vast quantities of black gold oozed from their sand, the heretofore unappealing arid lands of the Arab and Persian "savages " suddenly became indispensable commodities.
The illusion of freedom and autonomy
While virtually all of the former colonies are now "autonomous " nations, Europe and the United States possess many means to continue exploiting the people and resources of the "developing world ". Imperialism is alive and well in Africa, South America, Central America, and the Middle East.