American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 2, 2019 - Political Science - 256 pages
“Fake news existed long before Donald Trump…. What is ironic is that fake news has indeed been the only news disseminated by the rulers of U.S. empire.”—From American Exceptionalism and American Innocence

According to Robert Sirvent and Danny Haiphong, Americans have been exposed to fake news throughout our history—news that slavery is a thing of the past, that we don’t live on stolen land, that wars are fought to spread freedom and democracy, that a rising tide lifts all boats, that prisons keep us safe, and that the police serve and protect.

Thus, the only “news” ever reported by various channels of U.S. empire is the news of American exceptionalism and American innocence. And, as this book will hopefully show, it’s all fake.

Did the U.S. really “save the world” in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.

Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.
 

Contents

Foreword by Ajamu Baraka
Introduction
Why Do They Hate Us? American Innocence and Historical
Conquest Genocide and the Formation of America
Was the Revolutionary War Revolutionary for Slaves? A
and Misremembering World War II
An Endless War Forgotten in the Haze
Charlottesville and the Real Monuments to White
Labor White Enjoyment and the Billionaire Capitalist Class
Is American Aid Assistance or Theft? The Case of Africa
Does the U S Really Care about Human Rights?
The American Corporate Media
If Its Bad Blame Russia
Barack Obama Hillary
The Violence of Inclusion
On Giving Your Body to

Black
Should U S Imperialism Matter to Black Lives Matter?
Protecting Whose Speech? Protecting Whose Assembly?
Am I an Ungrateful Son of a Bitch?
A Rising Tide or a Sinking Ship? American Economic Decline
Questioning Borders Belonging and the NationState
Who Exactly Does the Military Serve?
Afterword by Glen Ford
Index
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About the author (2019)

Roberto Sirvent, Ph. D., J.D., is a Professor of Political and Social Ethics at Hope International University in Fullerton, California.

Danny Haiphong is an activist and a regular contributor to The Black Agenda Report.