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Noam Chomsky: They’re protesting 400 years of brutal repression

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Interview. We spoke with Noam Chomsky to understand the current moment in America. ‘The racism persists, though it is less rampant than before. And when it manifests itself, as in the Floyd murder, there is naturally an explosion.’

written by Valentina Nicolì

Topic U.S. Politics

June 3, 2020

The United States is burning. A curfew has been imposed in several cities, while the uprisings in the streets of black and white protesters alike show no sign of diminishing and the army is ready to intervene.

Meanwhile, the words and actions of the US government, particularly of Trump (his latest comments about “law and order” evoking a television drama), show little interest in reconciliation with communities that are already exasperated by the coronavirus crisis, unemployment and social inequalities.

To understand the historical and social roots of the riots, we put a few questions to professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most renowned experts of American politics and society in the world.

The protests that followed George Floyd’s killing turned into riots and spread from Minneapolis to several other cities in the United States. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has urged military police to prepare. Professor Chomsky, what’s going on in the United States? Is there something deeper behind the protests against racism and abuse of power by white policemen?

What is deeper is 400 years of brutal repression: first, the most vicious system of slavery in human history, which provided much of the basis for the economic growth........

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