Isaacs, Harold R.
January 1969
Foreign Affairs;Jan1969, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p235
This article discusses the increased importance of matters of race and color in world affairs. The long-established patterns of white power and nonwhite non-power were still the generally accepted order of things. All the accompanying assumptions and mythologies about race and color were still mostly taken for granted, hardly as yet shaken even by the Japanese challenge to Western primacy in Asia or by the attempt of the Germans to make themselves masters of the master race. Moreover, race or color does not often appear as the central or single most critical factor in conflicts affecting international relations. As an issue of identity or relationship it is more usually present as one element among many. There are, however, some countries and situations where color does in fact figure as the core issue making for both internal and external conflict. Race or color is also a central or even governing factor in a number of other places and situations which may have less weight in the balance of world affairs but can hardly be seen as negligible in the working out of the next chapter of the human story. For the U.S. the element of race and color has finally become a matter of central and crucial concern. Its importance cannot be separately assigned or portioned out between internal or external affairs.


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