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Governments are "run" by the wealthy and powerful. For most of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, most of the wealthiest and most powerful nations were European, or - as the U.S. - were founded by Europeans. For much of that period also, European powers conquered much of the rest of the world and put in place colonial governments so they could extract resources. Europeans are typically identified as "white". Today, nearly all national governments are run largely by local elites, though Europe and the U.S. still have great influence.

In many nations, the wealthy and powerful of today are descendants of the European colonial powers, who have retained land and resources from that time. Often high status becomes associated with the characteristics of those people (such as lighter skin color) because of this. This combination of wealth, power and status - and the education and networks they acquire - give "white" people the inside track on governmental positions.

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