When War Happens To White People

Ukraine is not the worst act of war since WWII. It’s not even the worst war going on right now. It’s just the worst to happen to white people

8 min readFeb 24, 2022


White people say Ukraine is the worst war since WWII when it’s not even the worst war today. It’s not even the worst war in Europe. It’s definitely not the worst war in recent history.

We are surrounded by war, but it’s somehow only an atrocity when it happens to white people. The constant killing of colored people is just furniture. It’s like factory farming or environment destruction. Our blood, bones, and planet are just the background for imperial vanity. Our dehumanization is so complete that colored people don’t even register as human beings.

And yet we are. In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, I reject this rank hypocrisy. It is this very dehumanization that makes war such an atrocity.

The White Empire that holds Ukraine up as some great example is getting them killed as much as they regularly kill colored people like me. We all get stuck between this murderous empire and the villain of the week. We’re all victims of the same hypocrisy.

Worst War?

I’m not just burning a straw man on your lawn. Mitt Romney came and burnt this odious tweet on everybody. He said “Putin’s Ukraine invasion is the first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation.”

What the fuck is he talking about? Were Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan not sovereign nations, conquered and occupied? How many places has White Empire tried to topple, or left to rot under siege?

The ongoing wars on Syria, Yemen and sieges of Afghanistan are killing people every day. The war dividing Korea never ended. The punishment of Iran never stopped. The Israeli occupation of Palestine is killing people every day. Because this happens…




Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.