Every revolution is a struggle to resolve the particular contradictions which have evolved out of a particular past. Every country’s past is particular, but America’s past is so particular that it seems to have evolved on another planet. Except for the Native Americans, whom Europeans named Ind…ians, everyone in this country is a descendant of someone who came here from another continent and another culture less than four hundred years ago—in most cases much less. The economic, social, and political institutions of this country have been shaped by very real and very different people, mostly of humble origin and all seeking to make a new and prosperous life for themselves here, on this earth, as quickly as possible, regardless of the cost to other peoples, especially those of different ethnic backgrounds, and to future generations. They have thus made it inevitable that at some future time the American people would be compelled to face with sober senses the real, i.e., historical, conditions of their lives and their relations with their kind.
James and Grace Lee Boggs, Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century, 1974