A future of peace and security cannot be realized without acknowledging the role that colonialism, white supremacy, systemic racism, and structures of oppression have played in the development of weapons. Historically, former colonial powers from North America and Western Europe have been the largest weapons-producers, testing and deploying them on a wide scale either in or on the territories of colonized countries and small island states across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Fully autonomous weapons would only further entrench these structures and systems, disproportionately affecting marginalized and vulnerable groups of people based on their identities.
By failing to acknowledge and address systemic racism and the role of white supremacy in our institutions and movements, we cannot begin the important work of dismantling structures of oppression, and racial and social injustice. Building a movement that champions inclusivity requires an intersectional perspective on race and other marginalized identities.