There is an undercurrent of violence in American history from the Native American genocide and slavery to the wars in Irak and Afganistan says Chris Hedges. But these dark sides of history have been eliminated from the national myth of the U.S. Native Americans are still marginalized and socially deprivate today. Native Americans have a life expectency of 48 years in some areas - which is the lowest among industrialized countries. The prison system in the U.S. with 2.2 million prisonners - most of them people of colour - is meant to control the rebellious class of Afro-Americans who have a long experience with white supremacy.
Chris Hedges, senior fellow at the Nation Institute; former foreign correspondent for the New York Times; Pulitzer Prize in 2002. His latest book is "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt".