Who Died for Whose Way of Life?: Reflections on the Burdens of Race

  • Daniel Barbezat
  • Alexander George
Keywords: Race, Inequality


President Bush, in justifying his polices in the Persian Gulf, said we must go to war to preserve our way of life. With the war in the Gulf officially concluded, it behooves us to ask who faced injury and death, and for what way of life their own lives were risked. An honest look will reveal that blacks bore a disproportionately heavy burden of the fighting in a war to sustain a society whose ills fall disproportionately on them. There are lessons to be learned here about the biased distributions of hardships and benefits in capitalist economies.