Category: Re:spect

Re:spect: The forgotten contributions of people of colour during World War II

There is a reason, I quite often think, why World War II is considered a boring subject, a masculine subject, a done-to-death subject.

Part of this is to do with the fact that for many Western countries, how we behaved in World War II has become an enormous part of our cultural narratives: the stories and myths we tell ourselves, and the rest of the world, represent who we really are as a nation. For countries like the UK and the US, this is often a ‘hero-myth’: they are the ones who liberated European nations from fascism. For countries like the Netherlands and Belgium, this is a ‘victim-myth’: we are the poor little countries who were the victims of the Nazi terror.

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